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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 to early October. Best Pollinators: Cortland, Liberty, or Starkspur® UltraMac™.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late September - Early October
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because it is resistant to cedar rust and it pollinates Liberty apple, which in turn pollinates it.
Charles C on Sep 24, 2017
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
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
Easy upkeep. Planting it for our church grounds
Steven B on Apr 21, 2017
I like its resistance to disease, especially fire blight.
Guy F on Aug 19, 2016
Would a crabapple tree be a suitable pollinator for the Freedom Apple?
Vicki H on Oct 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would.
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

4.5 / 5.0
11 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 2 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
10 months 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 3 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
1 year 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 2 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Leaves are showing
Too early to tell but I'm sure this apple will be as good as the others from stark. No complaints here.
June 16, 2017
7 months ago
Freedom Apple
Freedom part of tree died first year, waiting to see what the shoot coming from root stock will do, it survived.
May 4, 2016
over 3 years ago
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