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Description

The flavor of McIntosh with the sweetness of Delicious. This productive tree is disease-resistant to fire blight and cedar apple rust. You can plant it farther south than other McIntosh and expect better color. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid-September. Best pollinators: Stark® GrandGala™ or Starkrimson® Red Delicious. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid-sept
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
one of our favorite apples
Loretta M M on May 3, 2016
Love the McIntosh apples but supposedly they are not good for my zone. Hopefully this apple will still give me the taste and texture of a McIntosh apple.
Morris H on Apr 6, 2016
one of our favorite apples
Loretta M M on May 3, 2016
We already have one Empire that we love. We can keep apples in our root cellar for months and they still stay crisp and sweet. This tree is like an insurance policy so we won't be without Empires.
Sarah C on Apr 29, 2016
Love the McIntosh apples but supposedly they are not good for my zone. Hopefully this apple will still give me the taste and texture of a McIntosh apple.
Morris H on Apr 6, 2016
Fire blight resistant variety
Daniel M on Mar 29, 2016
my wife likes this type of apple
Gregg j on Mar 19, 2016
Recommended by a friend
Ruth S on Feb 25, 2016
We already have one Empire that we love. We can keep apples in our root cellar for months and they still stay crisp and sweet. This tree is like an insurance policy so we won't be without Empires.
Sarah C on Apr 29, 2016
Fire blight resistant variety
Daniel M on Mar 29, 2016

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Good Keeper
Empire is a large apple and long keeper in the refrigerator retaining crispness and flavor. Great fresh in salads or for baking!
March 11, 2016
Purchased
6 months ago
Empire Apple
I have been impressed with the Empire apple for its cold tolerance. The winter of 2014-2015 was a particularly butal one killing some of my decades old shade trees, 6 year old peach trees, and greatly damaging most of my apple trees, some dying back to the ground. My Empire regrew at twice the rate or more than all the other varieties and has regained a beautiful semetrical shape. If winter kill is a problem in your area, try Empire.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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