Grow Liberty Apple and enjoy freedom from apple scab and other diseases! Liberty bears large, attractive, bright red fruit with sweet, flavorful, crisp and juicy flesh. One of the best disease-resistant varieties, Liberty Apple is great for eating fresh and baking. Liberty ripens in mid to late September and stores well until January.
Latin Name: Malus domestica
Site and Soil: All apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock. Regular apple trees grafted on M-7 rootstock wiill grow 12-16 ft. in height. Crabapples, Columnars, Espaliers, and Combination Apples will be smaller. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils.
Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. Crabapples and Columnars will likely be smaller. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: All apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set.
Hardiness: Liberty is hardy to minus 30° F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-16 ft.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Mid-September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Liberty is very resistant to Apple Scab. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones