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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|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.|
|Chill Tolerance||Normal chill|
|Plant Sizes||Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted|
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