Empire Apple Tree (Malus ‘Empire’)

Empire Apple Tree

With the Empire Apple Tree (Malus ‘Empire’), you get the best two of the world’s most beloved Apple varieties: the Red Delicious and the McIntosh. Because it offers the best characteristics of both of its parents, you know this is an apple that won’t remain in your fruit bowl for long. It offers longer-lasting fruit and a super sweet taste with a crisp snap of firm flesh inside.

You’ll praise the crimson red skin and its dove white flesh. The taste is the one you remember from your childhood – sweet and desert-like, easily preferable to the snacks that you might reach for in the vending machine.

Nothing is better than the taste of apples picked fresh from the tree. You also get the added benefit of knowing what does or does not go into your apples before they made their way into your family’s hands and it’s also a great investment in your family’s health and culinary pleasure for years or even generations to come.

Planting and Application:

At maturity, this compact tree is sized just right for the suburban or urban garden, but you can keep it even smaller with a simple summer prune. Like most Macintosh offspring, it is happy to set many, many little apples for you if you let it. You’ll want to thin out the crop each year to get bigger and better apples.

The early spring white blossoms are fragrant and a favorite of bees, plus the shade producing lush green leaves all growing seasons end the year with some yellow fall color! This all-purpose apple is excellent as a snack for fresh eating, in fruit salads, minced into sauces, ciders, baking and it even freezes well!

  • Vivid Red Delicious Fruit
  • Bright White Flavorful Flesh
  • Fragrant White Blossoms
  • Compact-Sized Tree
  • Fresh Eating, Baking & Sauces

Tips for Care:

Empire is an easy-to-grow tree that remains a steadfast favorite among growers. It requires full sun and cool autumn nights for optimal growth. While it is partially self-fertile, you’ll want to give it a pollination partner to increase your fall yield. Hardy USDA zones 4 – 9.

  • Full Sun
  • Plant in Well-Drained Soil
  • Regular Water & Fertility
  • ~800 Chill Hours
  • Prune When Dormant

Empire Apple Trees are a fan favorite and a reliable producer.

Empire Apple Tree (Malus ‘Empire’) Details

Common name Empire Apple Tree
Botanical name Malus 'Empire'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Mid Season
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White