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Empire



An attractive, crisp, dark red dessert apple with a sweet but tangy summer fruit flavour.

Origin: USA, 1945

Pollination: Empire is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Empire apple trees for sale

ItemPriceQuantity
M9 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £17.50
M26 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £17.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £17.50 Sold-out

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.


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History and description of Empire

Raised from a McIntosh X Delicious in USA by R D Way at New York State Agricultural Experimental Station, Geneva, USA in 1945. Introduced in 1966. Grown widely in USA and Canada and imported into the UK. A medium sized round fruit. Smooth-skinned, attractive dark red flush and waxy bloom. Tough skin. Crisp, clean taste, sweet and quite scented. Keeps well and resists bruising. Heavy cropper.

Characteristics of Empire apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourSweet
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useNov-Jan
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Special featuresGood for Cider
Pollination date9
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageMcIntosh Red
Red Delicious