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Liberty Apple

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Description

A prolific bearer that excels where McIntosh won’t. Tree is low-maintenance due to its natural disease resistance to apple scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight, and powdery mildew. Fruit has a yellow background with attractive red overtones, a crisp white flesh, and a harmonious sweet-tart taste. Perfect for fresh-eating, cooking, canning, or keeping – proper storage improves the flavor! Originates from Geneva, New York in 1955. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early September. Best pollinators: Cortland, Freedom, or Starkspur® UltraMac™. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Moderately Tart
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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Tools & Supplies

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
A disease-resistant apple that I can plant for wildlife but also enjoy myself. Already ordered 3 prior to this one and am very pleased with Stark Bros quality.
Carson S on May 10, 2017
I purchased a Liberty Apple 25 - 30 years ago. It's one of my top 3 favorite apples, among the 15 or so kinds we planted then. We use it for eating fresh, cooking and drying. Of my favorites, Starkspur Early Blaze ripens first, then Cortland, then Liberty. We live in a colder climate (less than 100 frost free days, reaching -20% F) where some apples don't do as well. These 3, we wouldn't be without.
Judith M on Apr 17, 2017
A disease-resistant apple that I can plant for wildlife but also enjoy myself. Already ordered 3 prior to this one and am very pleased with Stark Bros quality.
Carson S on May 10, 2017
I'd like to grow an apple tree that needs little or no pesticide treatment. Liberty apple was developed toward this goal.
C LINDA H on Apr 22, 2017
I purchased a Liberty Apple 25 - 30 years ago. It's one of my top 3 favorite apples, among the 15 or so kinds we planted then. We use it for eating fresh, cooking and drying. Of my favorites, Starkspur Early Blaze ripens first, then Cortland, then Liberty. We live in a colder climate (less than 100 frost free days, reaching -20% F) where some apples don't do as well. These 3, we wouldn't be without.
Judith M on Apr 17, 2017
I have tried this variety at someone elses orchard. I really liked it. Before the Honeycrisp came on the scene, this was my favorite tasting apple. Good sweetness with a little tart.
Julia E on Apr 14, 2017
Disease resistance and fruit quailty.
John B on Apr 6, 2017
Good multi-purpose apple
LISA M on Mar 12, 2017
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
Disease free
Sharon D on Feb 2, 2017
we wanted something hardy and disease resistant so that we don't have to use chemical sprays.
Bruce M on Jan 16, 2017
Disease Resistance
Peter Z on Jan 12, 2017
My parents planted several Liberty Apple trees in the late 1980's and these trees are still some of their best producers today. Low maintenance and great apple production!
Adam L on Jan 2, 2017
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
Love the flavor of the Macintosh apple and bc of its disease resistance. We have prentiful cedars in our area.
Pam B on Jun 9, 2016
We chose this apple due to it's complete versatility in using fresh, baking, preserving, and juicing
Stephanie B on May 28, 2016
Disease resistance
JOHN G on May 24, 2016
Hope for easy growing and resistance to disease
Gabriele d on May 18, 2016
My friend grafts these and Freedoms and likes them a lot. Great for Northern. KY.
PATRICK S on May 10, 2016
I like to mix these with Jonathan to make a savory re apple sauce.
Annette F on Apr 29, 2016
Hoping that it will be resistant to Cedar Apple Rust which decimates my other apple trees
Stephanie L on Apr 3, 2016
Fire blight resistant variety
Daniel M on Mar 29, 2016
Fireblight resistance.
STEPHEN AND DONNA K on Mar 25, 2016
I chose this variety for it's disease resistance.
Matt O on Feb 25, 2016
Grows well without spray in my area.
Regina S on Feb 17, 2016
cedar apple rust resistance
JAMES T on Feb 17, 2016
I'd like to grow an apple tree that needs little or no pesticide treatment. Liberty apple was developed toward this goal.
C LINDA H on Apr 22, 2017
I have tried this variety at someone elses orchard. I really liked it. Before the Honeycrisp came on the scene, this was my favorite tasting apple. Good sweetness with a little tart.
Julia E on Apr 14, 2017
Will this cross pollinate with the enterprise apple tree?
Hoosier apple on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Enterprise blooms far earlier than Liberty; I'm afraid they are not good pollinating partners.
What is the best way to prune the liberty dwarf apple tree? We have had it for around 5 years. Some of the branches are staring to reach out. I have turned a few branches.
Bill M on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bill, We bought a Liberty semi-dwarf tree. I read on the Internet that pruning a dwarf tree is only a little bit different so all I can do is refer you back to Stark Bros website: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/successful-tree-pruning/. I would try calling Stark for guidance. Also you can search the Internet for tips about pruning dwarf apple trees. Good luck. We love our Liberty. It bloomed this year and has a couple apples which is mighty soon for produce since we just received it from Stark last year!
Would ornamental crab apple trees serve OK as cross pollinators for the Liberty Apple?
Lea K on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Because ornamental crabapple trees tend to have an early and prolonged bloom period, they make excellent pollinators for other types of apple trees. A crabapple tree is a great pollen source for your Liberty Apple tree!
I chose this tree for it's disease resistance, but it seems to have the apple scab. the beautiful green leaves have yellow blotches that are bumpy. Should I treat my tree with anything and if so when is the best time to do this? I planted this tree in April of 2016. Thanks in advance for your advice.
Mary K on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This tree is disease-resistant, but unfortunately disease-proof. Weather conditions can override a tree's immune system/genetics and make it susceptible. This sounds more like cedar apple rust; scab would cause brown or gray spots vs. yellow. This will take care of the rust: //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/bonide-fruit-tree-spray Here is a link to the product label, for more information: //www.bonide.com/assets/Products/Labels/l201.pdf
What time of year do these apples ripen in Kansas. Still September?
Nancy H on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon where you are in Kansas, and the fall temperatures, but if you are in mid-Kansas, Liberty should ripen in early September under average conditions.
chill hours for liberty apple?
Rick S on Nov 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Liberty requires 800 chill hours.

Customer Reviews

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Liberty Apple
Great tree! Thanks for carrying it. I do think you should sell in dwarf.
Also, you should tell the buyer what the root stock is. It should not be kept a secret.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
more bang for your buck!
I had already planted this tree from another nursery. That tree was described as the same size and caliber so I knew what to expect from Stark Bro's. What I got was a much larger bare root tree from Starks. For example, the 3/8" trunk equaled 3/4 above graft out of the box. Second, the tree I got had been pruned down to just under 48", If it hadn't I'm pretty sure it would have been 6'
Man, I'm just glad their tape measure is wrong!

No really, this is the second order I've made from Stark Bro's and I believe I have the obligation to convey, they have exceeded my out of box expectation both times. Thanks Stark Bro's
May 18, 2016
Heavy producer of tender sweet apples.
The tree never fails to produce abundance of sweet tender juicy apples. The resistance to common apple diseases is a plus especially fire blight which has become a problem in the area due ornamental pear trees on neighboring properties that are infected year after year.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Lovely Libery Semi-dwarf appple tree
The tree arrived in good condition. It was pruned well and well shaped. In two years it beared eight perfect apples. No disease and I have not sprayed for insects.
June 17, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Apple trees
I planted my freedom and liberty trees a year ago. They have grown 3 feet since last year. Very nice trees. Thank you.
August 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Liberty is growing great
bought 2 liberty apple trees last year and they have really put on some great growth! pleased with the quality of this variety of apple tree
August 3, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
good apple variety
Very good varieties. Though I was a little disappointed that they seem to be a favorite of Japanese beetles.
June 3, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
My liberty apple has the shape and vigor that I was expecting and just loves organic food. I am well satisfied.
May 30, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
2nd spring
Arrived in good shape. Still thriving and growing well in second year!
June 4, 2016
Growing by leaps and bounds!
This is a beautiful tree, growing very quickly and looking wonderfully healthy! I planted it just last Spring and am thrilled with how much it has grown already.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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