Semi-dwarf on M-111 rootstock.
Chill hours: 800
Harvest: August 15 - September 5
Looks: Red with yellow-green flesh.
Personality: Sweet and juicy with sprightly flavor.
Facts of note: Dave Wilson's Taste Test Top Scorer. Favorite in colder regions. McIntosh type for hot summer areas. Heavy bearing tree. This variety was developed at Cornell University from a cross of Red Delicious and McIntosh in 1945 and is still popular in its home state. Empire accounts for 60% of New York's apple exports.
Pollination: Self-fruitful. Good pollenizer for Gravenstein.
Apples are generally late blooming. Need full sun, well-drained soil, and moderate fertility. Thin fruit to maximize quality and size. Susceptible to codling moth, apple scab, powdery mildew, and gophers. Generally cross-fertile, which means that the variety is not pollinated by itself, but by a different variety of the same fruit. Three or more varieties are best. Harvest 3rd year.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.