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Freedom apple

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 2.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 29

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11 Feb 2014 
I've had a Freedom tree for about 10 years. It is a prolific, reliable and steady producer with fairly large apples. While the tree is disease resistent and the apples are tastey, they have a very limited shelf life. They are great fresh, but begin to get soft and somewhat mealy in texture quickly. They also seem to develop soft spots and rot quickly. I make I make a lot of cider and they aren't great for juice. I'm actually considering replacing it this year with Honeycrisp or Fuji. I also have Empire, Liberty, MacFree and Granny Smith.

05 Nov 2013 
I planted a Freedom apple tree I bought at a co-op sale in Spring 2009. It bloomed very slightly in 2011 but set no apples. All the blooms were killed by a late freeze in 2012. This year (2013) it had a moderate bloom and I was able to harvest about 3/4 of a bushel of apples from it. I was pleased at the very good fresh eating flavor and it also made good applesauce which cooked up very quickly. Given the diease resitance of this variety, it is a good choice for the home gardener.

07 Oct 2013 
We've had a Freedom apple for more than 28 years now. It's a great apple for eating fresh and makes okay applesauce. Good in cakes. Not tart enough for me in pies. My favorite use of this apple is dried. They dry quite well and the dried apples are excellent in oatmeal or eaten out of hand as a snack.

20 Sep 2013 
My dad has a Freedom tree. The apples don't have bad flavor, and they taste somewhat similar to a McIntosh. The fruit is yellow with red stripes. They seem to ripen in early-mid September, and they don't keep much more than a week off the tree. They do make good pies and cider. Probably the most redeeming characteristic of the tree is that the fruit is pretty much 100% resistant to scab and somewhat resistant to cedar apple rust. Organic growers might like Freedom.

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Good multi-use apple. Medium to large red fruit on almost invisible yellow skin. Crisp, juicy, sweet, good-tasting flesh. Subacid, sprightly flavor.

Freedom phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Macoun x Antonovka
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1958
  • Developed by: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1699
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1984-148


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Oblique - slanted
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Smooth, fine Russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


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

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Freedom identification photos from official fruit collections

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Freedom apple

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 6th June  2017  - tree owned by fendwick in Bemidji, United States
  • 23rd May  2017  - tree owned by Keith in Rouses Point, United States

2013 season

  • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by Jeff in Elko, United States

2012 season

  • 8th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 26th March  2012  - tree owned by Ryan in Cumming, United States

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Dan in Camano Island, United States
  • May  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 1st week October  2017  - tree owned by Keith in Rouses Point, United States

2013 season

  • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Craig in Manning, United States

2012 season

    2011 season

    • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada

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