Photo courtesy of Cummins Nursery

Apple : EMPIRE Dwarf (M26)


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We keep getting requests for this local favourite, so here it is.
Introduced in 1966, this multi-purpose variety from Geneva, NY is a dependable choice for the home orchard. The flashy, fire engine sheen of Empire's waxy, ruby red skin is just like it's Red Delicious parent, but the flavour is it's own. Creamy white flesh boasts a satisfying crunch and a distinctive, zippy taste which has been described as 'rosehip tea with honey'. Other attributes include remarkable bruise resistance and respectable storage life. Empire is quite resistant to fire blight and powdery mildew, but not to scab.


G41 Dwarf
G935 Small Semi-Dwarf
G969 Small Semi-Dwarf
G30 Semi-Dwarf
G890 Semi-Dwarf
Pollenator definitions
Some trees and many berry plants are SELF-FERTILE ̶means the insect pollinators or even the wind can pollinate the blossoms without the need of a second tree.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER ̶ means another tree of the same type or kind but a different variety must be blooming nearby at the same time.
EXAMPLE A Liberty apple and a Wealthy apple can cross-pollinate. Two trees of the same variety ie: ̶ 2 Wealthy apples, cannot cross pollinate because they are genetically identical.
Other trees are marked as SEMI-FERTILE. These will set fruit without a second tree. However they will often bear more, and sometimes larger fruit if another variety of the same kind of tree is nearby.
You can select 2 different trees of the same kind marked as NEEDS A POLLENIZER or plant one of those along with one SELF-FERTILE or one SEMI-FERTILE. Also consider ripening times ̶ a Goldrush apple might not start blooming before a Pristine is finished.

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