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Fruit tree comparison - Empire
Apple trees


One of the most widely-planted McIntosh style apples, Empire has the Mac flavor but improves on it.  Remove this variety from the comparison


Gardening skill? Easy
Cropping Heavy
Fertility? Partially self-fertile
Flowering group? 3
Pollinating others? Average
Ploidy? Diploid
Vigour? Average growth
Bearing regularity? Regular
Fruit bearing? Spur-bearer
Fruit persistence? Normal ripening


Picking season? Late
Use / keeping? 2-3 weeks
in normal storage, longer in refrigerated storage, but tends to lose flavor
Flavour quality? Very good
Flavour style Vinous

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Country of origin United States
Period of origin 1900 - 1949
Fruit colour Crimson
Blossom colour Pink - light
Leaf colour Green