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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.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
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
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
Disease resistance, Cornell growers guide recommendation for my area
Herschel B on Jun 12, 2016

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
1 year 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 2 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
1 year 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 2 years ago
Great trees at a reasonable price
Dealing with Stark Brothers is a pleasure. They have a wide selection of quality apple trees at reasonable prices. The trees arrived in very good condition and transplanted well. Stark Brothers trees have significantly outgrown similar apple trees bought locally and for about half the price. I will continue to buy my trees from Stark Brothers and highly recommend them.
August 17, 2016
1 year ago
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