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Empire Apple

The Empire Apple is a classic example of natural selection and how long it takes to get a great new variety to Market. A wonderful sweet and sprightly flavored apple combining the two most popular varieties of the time, the Red Delicious and McIntosh. The result is a McIntosh flavor with the extra sweetness of the Red Delicious along a better crunch than both the McIntosh or Red delicious. Very adapted to hotter climates, where it achieves its fine high desert quality or the colder apple regions where its great flavor and colors are standout. Ripening in early fall this is a great variety to start out the apple harvest season. Is also a great pollinizer for Gravenstein, Mutsu, Winesap and Jonagold.
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Item #4070.
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USDA ZONES: 4-9 Outdoors
 
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Empire Apple is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Malus domestica 'Empire'

The Empire Apple is a classic example of natural selection and how long it takes to get a great new variety to Market. A wonderful sweet and sprightly flavored apple combining the two most popular varieties of the time, the Red Delicious and McIntosh. The result is a McIntosh flavor with the extra sweetness of the Red Delicious along a better crunch than both the McIntosh or Red delicious. Very adapted to hotter climates, where it achieves its fine high desert quality or the colder apple regions where its great flavor and colors are standout. Ripening in early fall this is a great variety to start out the apple harvest season. Is also a great pollinizer for Gravenstein, Mutsu, Winesap and Jonagold. The Empire apple is named after the Empire State of New York and was originally a project started by a Cornell University fruit nutritionist, Lester C. Anderson. Anderson conducted his own research on different personal orchards, one being an orchard of Red Delicious and McIntosh apples. He was looking for the best attributes of these two successful varieties and makes seed available to the University. His effort would result in one of the most successful apple varieties to come out of Cornell University Apple research program. First selected in 1947 it would not be introduced until the New York State Fair in 1966 when Cornell introduces it for the first time, six years after A.J. Heinicke the Cornell professor that worked with it retires. He does however remain active with the university during his retirement and sees the introduction of what would be hailed as the most successful Apple introduction to come out of Cornell’s Geneva research program; 20 years from conception to introduction. No information is found to say if Lester Anderson would see his cross to introduction. Heinicke would pass in February of 1971.
Characteristics
Fruit Color:
White
Ripens:
September - September
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 6.5
Tree Size:
The Empire Apple can be held to under 10 feet with summer pruning.
Years to Bear:
2
Pollination:
Requires Pollenizer
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to -10° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
4 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
200 - 800
Size & Spacing

The Empire Apple can be held to under 10 feet with summer pruning.

8 to 10 Feet on Center, can be held to any size with summer pruning

Planting & Care
>Apples tolerate a wide range of soil types, but like all fruit trees grow best in well-drained, loamy soil. Provide full sun favoring the morning sun with at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Apple favor higher humidity's and moderate summer temperatures, in hot dry climates protect the tree from sunburn by providing protection from the late afternoon sun. Either by providing shade or with whitewashing the trunk. Water at least twice a week for the first year. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet. Mulch the tree to 3 to 4 inches deep and 3 to 4 feet outside the canopy of the tree. To keep root cool and cut down on soil evaporation. Apples benefit from pruning to maintain size and structure. Keep trees at less than 10 feet to allow for easy care and harvest. Check with your local ag extension to find the apple care recommendations for your area.
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