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Empire Apple tree

Owner: Keith

Location:  Rouses Point, NEW YORK, United States

Age:Planted in about 2014
Age of this tree:8 years
Climate at this location:zone 4b
Pruning:open center
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:plum coculio and codling moth

Owner's comments

Tends to have very large flowering and lots of apple sets but it does do a heavy drop as well. 2017 was a great year for this tree it's best yet, lot's of fruit on it I am very pleased with it's growth and fruit production this year.

Season records for this tree

  • 2017

    Spring blossom: 24 May
    Harvest: 1st week October  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    Canker: Mild attack
    Scab: Mild attack
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Mild attack
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Mild attack
    Silverleaf: Not present
    I had a bad pruning three seasons ago that I neglected to fix and this past year my tree developed a pretty severe canker that I tried controlling with a isophplic alcohol spray. This 2017 season the tree seems to have recovered from my treating it. It's healing itself now.
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