Apple, Royal Empire (BUD-9) (DB)
A whole-limb sport of Empire discovered in Wolcott, New York. The fruit produces significantly brighter and redder than its parents and presents a 75-90% deep purplish-red color with creamy white flesh that is moderately sub-acid. The tree is vigorous, upright, and has good crotch angles.
BUD-9: a cross between M 8 and Red Standard, a hardy rootstock of Russian origin. A full dwarf rootstock producing a tree with the same vigor as M 9. Requires staking or other support to keep anchored. Extremely cold hardy and resistant to collar rot. Mildly resistant to powdery mildew and scab.