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Empire Dwarfing

Empire is a cross between Mcintosh and Red Delicious, a result of an extensive breeding program in Geneva, New York in 1945. It's a medium to large apple, very red and regular in shape, almost perfectly round. It has an uncomplicated flavour, sweet cruncy slightly creamy flesh. Interestingly, it's sibling "Spartan" which has the same parentage is quite different.

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Specifications

Ripening Time March
Fertility Needs a pollinator (produces viable pollen)
Growth Habit Can be espaliered and kept to 1.5 - 2.5m. Free standing tree grows to around 2 -2.5m tall.
Rootstock Dwarfing rootstock
Chill Tolerance Normal chill
Plant Sizes Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted

Pollination Guide

  • Pollination is far simpler than most people think. Generally, unless self fertile simply get 2 or more different varieties in the same group (eg pears) to ensure adequate pollination. A more comprehensive explanation can be found in our Pollination Guide
  • More information on Espaliering
  • More information in our Articles and on planting and pruning.
  • Answers to Common Questions.

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Empire Dwarfing

Empire Dwarfing

Empire is a cross between Mcintosh and Red Delicious, a result of an extensive breeding program in Geneva, New York in 1945. It's a medium to large apple, very red and regular in shape, almost perfectly round. It has an uncomplicated flavour, sweet cruncy slightly creamy flesh. Interestingly, it's sibling "Spartan" which has the same parentage is quite different.