An American apple, and very popular there. Raised 1945. Sometimes seen for sale in supermarkets here, a very handsome deeply lacquered red apple.
Empire Apple tree – Season:
Pick from the tree in early-mid Octrober; will store until January or longer.
Empire Apple - appearance:
A moderately sized handsome apple almost entirely covered by a dark wine red shiny flush.
Empire apple trees – flavour:
Very sweet, mild, vinous. Juicy texture crisp at first, becomes softer.
A classic dessert apple.
Cropping & Growth
Medium vigour, heavily cropping.
Empire - Pollination: ‘B’ Pollination group, so use varieties with the same or adjacent pollinating prefixes. Good pollinating partners for this variety are suggested below.
Cox's Orange Pippin
Tree sizes for Empire apple trees:
M27 is a miniature stock, ideal for very small gardens, pots on the patio etc. Grows to around 180cm’s. Good hearty soil is preferred.
M9 is classed as dwarfing and a good intermiate stock. Matures to 200cm’s plus with a similar spread. M9 is heavy cropping and promotes larger fruits, but needs permanent staking and good soil.
M26 stock Is classed as semi-dwarfing. Does well on poorer soil. Reaches 300cm’s+ with the same spread.
MM106 is vigorous and the best choice for where a larger ‘orchard sized’ tree is required. Grows 4m+ with the same spread and suitable for most soils.