Series: Antique Apple

Apple (Malus) 'York Imperial'

York Imperial Apple

Categories: Fruit Tree

The York Imperial was a great all-purpose apple, excellent for cider making and cooking. Most importantly, it "kept well," which meant it could be stored for a long period of time without losing flavor. This was no small matter in a time without refrigerators. In fact, the York Imperial got sweeter in storage. After harvest in fall, the apple could keep throughout the winter months stored in wooden barrels or boxes in root cellars and basements up until April or May.

More About Apple (Malus) 'York Imperial'

  • Originated in Pennsylvania in the 1820's
  • A great all purpose apple
  • a good keeper that gets sweeter the longer it is stored

 A medium to large-size apple, it is known for its odd shape, off-white flesh, crisp, firm texture, and its juiciness. You also can recognize a York Imperial apple by its color, which ranges from a yellowish-green with a light red blush and yellow stripes to almost fully red with reddish-brown at the top or bottom. This old-fashioned apple is still grown on farms and orchards across Pennsylvania and the continental United States.

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12-18 ft


8-15 ft


10-20 ft

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Apple (Malus) 'York Imperial' Characteristics


  • Orchard Plant
  • Specimen
  • Cottage Garden


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil

Bearing/Fruiting Time

  • Late season

Bloom Time

  • Early-mid season

Flower Color

  • Appleblossom Pink

Fruit Qualities

  • distinct flavor
  • mild flavor
  • crisp
  • sweet

Fruiting Attributes

  • vigorous grower
  • medium size
  • good for cooking/baking
  • stores well/good keeper
  • antique variety
  • heavy bearer


  • Rounded
  • Spreading

Plant Size

  • Semi-dwarf (12-18')