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Red Empire Apple

Red Empire Apple

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Empire Apple

Malus domestica 'Empire'

The original Empire is one of the best eating apples you will find. Only medium in size, it is a steady bearer on grower friendly trees. The red fruit has a McIntosh-Jonathan like look. The flavor is excellent with white flesh. The fruit can be used for all purposes.  We usually offer an improved redder strain, listed as Red Empire, but occasionally also offer the original or heirloom strain, which doesn't color as well but is unchanged from the original New York introduction.


12-16 Feet



10-14 Feet


Hardiness Zone


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Item # Description Price
3756 Red Empire Apple on Semi-Standard (M111) root, 2 year Extra Large grade $30.99 Add to Cart

Malus domestica 'Empire'
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Empire is a grower friendly apple. Early blooming. Produces well. Easy to train and maintain. It is susceptible to fire blight, so don't push it too hard.


A Little History about Empire Apple

Empire was bred at the Geneva Station in New York in 1945 as a cross of McIntosh and Delicious. It took a while to "catch on", but Grandpa sold many trees of it in the 1970's when it became very popular.

Malus domestica 'Empire' Characteristics & Attributes

Bloom Character
Early blooming
Pollinizer needed
Thin heavily for size
Fruit Characteristics
Medium size fruit
Growth Rate/Habit
Spreading habit
Average vigor
Early to bear
Very productive
Harvest Period
Other Attributes
Very crisp
Keeps well
Complex flavor
Sub-acid flavor
Site Requirements
Full Sun
Very hardy
Skill Required
Average skill
Good for pies
Good for sauce
Canning or freezing
Juice or Cider
High dessert quality
Cooking or baking