Royal Empire Apple
¾” caliper, 5-6 ft.
The original seed was a cross between the varieties McIntosh and Red Delicious. Distinctly redder than fruit from standard Empire, with 90% of the surface covered with dark purplish and red stripes. Apples are red, juicy, firm, crunchy and sweet. Some resistance to mildew, fire blight and rust.
Growth Rate: Moderate (6-12”/yr.)
Soils: Sand, Loam
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Shade Tolerance: Full Sun
Mature Height: 12-15 ft.
Deer Damage Potential: High
Other: Very hardy and vigorous, productive, ripens in mid-September.
NOTE: Apples need at least two trees of different varieties for pollination.
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