Liberty Apple

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Liberty Apple

Malus x domestica ‘Liberty’

Description & Overview

Liberty Apple is a very disease resistant apple that ripens in early October. The skin color is red with a yellow background. The flesh is slightly tart. Much sought after by home apple growers as it was bred to have resistance to apple scab, cedar-apple rust, fireblight and mildew.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 15′
Mature Spread: 15′
Growth Rate: Moderate
Growth Form: Tree
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Well-drained site
Flower: White
Bloom Period: Early-mid May
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: N/A
Fruit Notes: Red with yellow background; slightly tart

Suggested Uses:

We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. This variety is primarily for fresh use. The flavor does change with age and many prefer to store it for a month before using for fresh use.

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Wildlife Value:

Apple trees are relished by deer, numerous small mammals, and insects.

Maintenance Tips:

Like all apple varieties, Liberty benefits from annual pruning during the dormant season (winter, early spring) to create an open canopy for better air flow and sunlight penetration during the growing season. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.


While this variety is very resistant to many of the common apple diseases, it is not resistant to apple insect pests. Spraying an insecticide as needed or growing the fruit in bags (paper, plastic, cloth) is needed to protect the fruit from insect damage. Find a spraying guide and more information on Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist.

Leaf Lore:

Liberty Apple was developed and introduced by the Geneva Experiment Station in New York. It was released in 1972. Part of its parentage involves the famous Macoun apple.

Companion Plants:

Liberty Apple must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.

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