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Empire Apple

Bare-root. Trees ship 3-4' tall with 3/8" trunk. SUPREME trees ship 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk. Professionally pruned for FREE!


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.


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

Shipped Size

Trees ship 3-4' tall with 3/8" trunk. SUPREME trees ship 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk. Professionally pruned for FREE!

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.

Pollination Requirements

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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