Empire Apple Tree (Semi-dwarf) - FT051

Empire Apple Tree (Semi-dwarf)
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  • Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.
  • $25 Flat Rate Shipping: Ship up to 10 trees per box for only $25/box! Excludes potted fruit trees. Nut trees and multi-graft trees count as 2 trees when calculating box capacity. Only valid shipping to the lower 48 states.
  • Not registered for sale in: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU
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  • Available to ship as soon as: December 18, 2015
  • (However, as we ship on a first come, first serve basis, your order may not ship until days or weeks later. You will receive an email when your order ships.)

Semi-dwarf on M-111 rootstock.

  • Zones: 4-9
  • Chill hours: 800
  • Bloom Time: Late (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
  • 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 self-fertile, which means that the variety is pollinated by itself, or by a different variety of the same fruit. Three or more varieties are best. Harvest 4-5th year.

Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, 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.

Customer Reviews


I live at about 2800ft elevation. I planted this tree in early March. It was my first tree to leaf out but it took until mid-late April. In a month, it is full of leaves but the tree itself is still small-maybe 4ft tall. My advice-be patient. I was worried that it took some time to show any sign of life while friends trees had leafed out a month before mine at slightly lower elevations. Now I can't wait for fruit!

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