Description & Overview

Empire apple was developed by Cornell University in New York and released in 1966. Empire is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Red Delicious’. It retains much of the flavor of McIntosh Apple but has deeper red skin color and much better firmness to the flesh. Extremely popular variety in the state of New York. Excels for fresh eating and cooking.

Core Characteristics

Category: Fruit Trees

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 5

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Growth Form: Tree

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Site Requirements: Well-drained site

Flower: White

Bloom Period: Early-mid May

Foliage: Green

Fall Color: Yellow

Urban Approved: Site Specific

Fruit Notes: Small/medium sized fruit.

Suggested Uses

We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. Empire is known for producing small/medium sized fruit. Excellent for children’s lunches. Ripens early October in S.E. Wisconsin.

Empire apple was developed by Cornell University in New York and released in 1966. Empire is a cross of 'McIntosh' x 'Red Delicious'. It retains much …

Wildlife Value

Very much relished by deer and other small mammals (especially inquisitive children).

Maintenance Tips

Annual pruning needed to promote better light penetration and air flow thru the canopy for best colored and flavored apples. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.

Empire apple was developed by Cornell University in New York and released in 1966. Empire is a cross of 'McIntosh' x 'Red Delicious'. It retains much …

Pests/Problems

Apples are prone to many insect and disease issues. Preventative spraying or growing fruit in bags (organic) is suggested to obtain a quality fruit crop. Find a spraying guide and more information on Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist.

Leaf Lore

N/A

Companion Plants

Empire Apple must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.

Empire apple was developed by Cornell University in New York and released in 1966. Empire is a cross of 'McIntosh' x 'Red Delicious'. It retains much …
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Written by Paul Schwabe