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Freedom Apple

Available Spring 2020

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Exceptional disease resistance! Easy-care tree ideal for areas with apple scab, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust, and fire blight issues. This vigorous tree has a lovely spreading nature. Large bright-red fruit with a juicy tender flesh great for fresh-eating, cider, juicing, and cooking. Originates form Geneva, New York in 1958. Cold-hardy. Ripens from late September. Best Pollinators: Cortland, Liberty, or Starkspur® UltraMac™.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a pollinator within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
disease resistance, climate zone
Karl K on May 6, 2019
Very Disease resistant.
Jenni B on Feb 12, 2019
disease resistance, climate zone
Karl K on May 6, 2019
Disease resistant for my area.
David W on Apr 28, 2019
Very Disease resistant.
Jenni B on Feb 12, 2019
Disease resistance
Robert D on Feb 11, 2019
University of Tennessee study showed which variety was disease resistant and productive in my area
Katrina A on Jan 9, 2019
Cortland Apple pollinator
Kent S on Jan 6, 2019
I have 2 of these excellent production every year
and are disease resistant
william b on Jan 2, 2019
Saw that they were highly disease resistant and couldn't resist!
Jordan on May 22, 2018
Grew this variety at our former home and loved it so much we had to plant it again at the new homestead! Very firm, crisp, tart flesh is awesome fresh and great for baking too. In 8 years, we never once sprayed for ANYTHING, grew it completely organically and it not only survived, but flourished! Came through the 2012 drought and some crazy torrential rains as well as brutal winters with no problems.
Whitney H on Mar 15, 2018
Because it is resistant to cedar rust and it pollinates Liberty apple, which in turn pollinates it.
Charles C on Sep 24, 2017
Easy upkeep. Planting it for our church grounds
Steven B on Apr 21, 2017
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
I like its resistance to disease, especially fire blight.
Guy F on Aug 19, 2016
Disease resistance, Cornell growers guide recommendation for my area
Herschel B on Jun 12, 2016
Resistant to juniper rust
Lois T on Jun 11, 2016
I know this tree will grow, even without sprays, after I'm gone :-)
Helen K on May 25, 2016
High incident of cider rust in this area.
Jeff G on May 17, 2016
We wanted cider apples. Just arrived a couple of weeks ago, budding out okay. Such healthy stock, we don't order from anywhere else.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
My friend grafts these and liberty's and swears by them. Great for Northern Ky.
PATRICK S on May 10, 2016
Fireblight resistance.
STEPHEN AND DONNA K on Mar 25, 2016
I wanted to pollinate my liberty tree with another disease resistant tree
Brian H on Mar 17, 2016
I chose this variety for it's disease resistance.
Matt O on Feb 25, 2016
Pollinator for Liberty
JAMES T on Feb 17, 2016
Disease resistant for my area.
David W on Apr 28, 2019
Disease resistance
Robert D on Feb 11, 2019
Would a crabapple tree be a suitable pollinator for the Freedom Apple?
Vicki H on Oct 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would.
I planted a freedom apple tree a couple years ago and it still hasn???t produced blooms. We have another Drawf apple that blooms is blooming, I am wondering why this one isn???t....?
Drea1234 on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Different varieties have different fruiting cycles. You don't say what the other variety is, but just because it's a dwarf means it will bloom sooner than a semi-dwarf or standard tree. Even if both trees are dwarf, if the varieties are different one can take longer to bear than another. Freedom bears in 2-5 years, which means it could not bloom until Year 4.
Getting a late freeze for 5 nights, into the teens. My 2 nd spring freedom and liberty trees are starting to bud. Will the be ok without covering?
Dirt life on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry to hear that as it's not good news for your trees. That hard of a freeze will absolutely kill the buds/blooms if they're not covered. Plastic sheeting is best - temps in the teens will do damage to buds covered with a sheet. If you can cover them with an old blanket or tarp and then insulate with plastic sheeting, they may do OK.
What will pollinate the Freedom? I am looking for disease resistance, but looking for other possibilities than a Liberty to pollinate.
Amy E on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are many varieties that will do the trick ... if you're looking for disease resistance, Goldrush or Enterprise would both be good choices.
Would Winecrisp be a good pollintator for the Freedom apple tree?
Georgina K on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have similar bloom times.

Customer Reviews

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The young and the mature
I have two Freedom Apple trees, one I got from Stark...a couple of years ago, it is growing well and I am very happy with it. The other I bought 20 years ago from Miller's, who Stark bought out about 5 years ago. That older tree is great, and the apples are incredible. That is why I added a second tree to my family orchard. Try Freedom, you will like it. And, the disease resistance claims in the write up are absolutely true.
June 3, 2016
Looking Good!
I just planted this last Spring and it good through a basically "no snow cover" winter just fine and has already grown a lot more. We're very pleased with it. Very healthy and strong already this season.
May 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
Freedom apple was the one I was looking for to pollinate my liberty. It is short and stout and vigorous and loves organics.
May 30, 2017
over 2 years ago
Looking healthy, but had to train the shape
This tree is looking good, a year after planting. It arrived with only vertical branches, no horizontal ones, and has only grown vertical branches. This year we are training several of the branches to grow horizontally.
May 21, 2018
over 2 years ago
Pick This Winner
This Freedom Apple tree was the first tree I ordered from Stark Brothers, and I am very happy with the tree. I have ordered from other nurseries, but not anymore. Stark Brothers will be it here on out. Trees I ordered this year arrived in pristine shape and ready to be planted. 100% satisfied.
May 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Freedom apple trees
We purchased 4 apple trees last year and so far they are doing wonderful. We picked this variety because they are suppose to be better at fighting off disease and bugs and so far we have not had any problems . Hope to have some apples in a few years.
May 14, 2017
over 3 years ago
"Its alive"
The tree is only two years old and has no fruit but it survived the Wisconsin winter. To quote from the movie Young Frankenstein "ITS ALIVE"
May 14, 2016
over 4 years ago
So far so good!
I planted a Freedom Apple tree a couple of years ago, and it has grown vigorously. I am happily surprised to see that it has a few apples on it this spring, as I did not expect it to bear fruit so soon. Since I haven't had an opportunity as yet to actually harvest and eat any fruit from the tree, I cannot comment on the quality of the apples that the tree will bear. So, that is the main reason I have given the tree, 4, rather then 5, stars. So far the tree is living up to its name, in the sense that it has been resistant to apple tree diseases such as rust or fire blight.
May 19, 2017
over 3 years ago
Second spring in the ground.
Planted my Freedom apple last spring, and its growing nicely with properly spaced branches and beautiful leaves. I followed Starks directions on planting, fertilizing and pruning and all is well. Looking forward to having apples in a year or two
May 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
Tough, sturdy and healthy
This apple thrived despite my neglect in its first year bit took drought, subzero winter temps, and bad freeze/thaw cycles from a roller coaster winter. It came back string this spring and is already thriving and putting on new growth.
May 5, 2019
1 year ago