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Liberty apple



Liberty was developed at the famous Geneva Research Station in the 1960s.  It is derived from Macoun, and is very much a McIntosh-style apple, with red skin and juicy flesh.  The flavor is well balanced, perhaps sharper than many of the Mac-related varieties but still with the characteristic vinous note.  Its other parent is an un-named research variety derived from Malus floribunda, from which it inherits resistance to scab.

It is grown quite widely in the eastern US, and is being promoted as a good variety for the backyard grower.

There is some evidence that Liberty is a triploid variety, with 3 sets of chromosomes instead of the usual 2 - or perhaps a partial triploid.  However it does not possess many of the typical features seen in triploid varieties (such as large size and vigour).

Last updated 15 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 4.4 out of 5. Total votes cast: 8
 

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11 Feb 2014 
This is probably the most easily cared for tree that I have. It is a prolific producer of decent sized, tastey fruit. They are a great all around appple and keep fairly well when refridgerated after picking. They also make great cider and pie.


19 Nov 2013 
Delicious and juicy only if picked at exactly the right time (second week of October). After that they become mushy and split in the rain even though still hanging on the tree. Before that they are hard and tart. Disappointed.


23 Sep 2013 
Just harvested 9/21/13 and these are very delicious, juicy, and in "high demand". The almost purple color, and full blush, make a beautiful site in the orchard. Be sure to thin the apples starts early on to maximize size, number, and health of the final crop!


24 Apr 2013 
Great tasting apples on a disease resistant, grower friendly tree (I have one on M.26). Beautiful deep red and you can taste the Macoun heritage in them. Prolific.


16 Oct 2012 
A spotless, good looking apple of a good size and from a healthy tree. Ripe in early October, but soon going a bit soft for my tastes. Not an exceptional flavor, but still worth having.


26 Nov 2011 
This is a great Mac-style apple. Use it just like Macs, for fresh eating, sauce, and pies. Also is said to make great cider, although I haven't tried that yet. Seems a little better keeper than other Mac varieties as well -- mine are a little soft but still okay in late November, and I think will last to late December if I don't sauce them all sooner.


05 Oct 2011 
This is the second year for my dwarf and it produced 15 apples in 2011. It has a tendency to drop apples. I was unsure as to when to pick but read that Oct. 5th was the time in central NY. I picked mine on Oct. 4th.


19 Jan 2011 
We have a small orchard (175 trees) about 22 of our trees are Liberty and everyone loves them. The only thing is that they do not all ripen at once. They are very firm and juicy with a tart flavor. We use them in our cider blend, we use them for applesauce and fresh eating.


15 Oct 2010 
I have picked Liberty in a local orchard and kept the fruit three months in common storage. They got a bit soft, but the flavor remained excellent. Fall of '10 I picked a first crop from my little tree out back: superb! The tree puts its strength into fruit and will grow slowly unless you strip it each year for several years. Worth the wait, as this is the best in the McIntosh group for flavor I've found - without ever finding Macoun in prime condition, yet.



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Sounds like an heirloom variety, but actually a modern American apple variety, developed specifically for disease resistance.

Liberty phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Macoun
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1978
  • Developed by: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1195
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1984-076
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: Pale Pink or Red
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Variable

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Vinous
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as very resistant - no control needed against CAR.

Liberty identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Liberty identification photos from website visitors


Photo submitted by Cris Sherman
Photo submitted by Cris Sherman

Liberty apple - New York
Liberty apple - New York

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Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Liberty trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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United States

United Kingdom

  • N. Buck in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Belgium

Canada

New Zealand

India



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 7th May  2013  - tree owned by Fruittaart in LYNNWOOD, United States
  • 4th May  2013  - tree owned by Mark in WEST SENEA, United States
  • 25th April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

2012 season

  • 12th May  2012  - tree owned by Fruittaart in LYNNWOOD, United States
  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States
  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States
  • 5th May  2012  - tree owned by Dave in SPOKANE, United States
  • 1st May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 11th April  2012  - tree owned by Arwadoo in SRINAGAR, India
  • 31st March  2012  - tree owned by Dale in CHASEBURG, United States

2011 season

  • November  2011  - tree owned by Sandra in DUNEDIN, New Zealand
  • 19th May  2011  - tree owned by Ron in ORION, United States
  • 16th May  2011  - tree owned by Dave in SPOKANE, United States
  • 1st May  2011  - tree owned by Deborah in HOLLY HILL, United States
  • 12th April  2011  - tree owned by Arwadoo in SRINAGAR, India

2010 season

  • 5th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2010  - tree owned by Dave in SPOKANE, United States

2009 season

  • 24th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 4th week March  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in NELSON, New Zealand

2012 season

  • 3rd week October  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States
  • 3rd week October  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States
  • 2nd week October  2012  - tree owned by Quentin in Tervuren, Belgium
  • 1st week October  2012  - tree owned by Sayre in OLYMPIA, United States
  • 4th week September  2012  - tree owned by Dave in SPOKANE, United States
  • 3rd week March  2012  - tree owned by Sandra in DUNEDIN, New Zealand

2011 season

  • 1st week October  2011  - tree owned by Dave in SPOKANE, United States
  • 3rd week August  2011  - tree owned by Deborah in HOLLY HILL, United States

2010 season

  • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Dave in SPOKANE, United States

2009 season

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