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Liberty Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Spokane, WA, United States

Age of this tree:2019 years
Rootstock:EMLA26
Blossom:early May
Picking:Mid October
Soil:Sandy, slightly acidic 
Climate at this location:Hot summer, cold winter, rather dry.
Pruning:Pruned first winters, minimal summer pruning thereafter,
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:This is more subject to codling moth than the others.

Owner's comments

This Liberty was planted in spring of '07, a whip from Raintree. It has been stripped of blossoms so far in order to grow stout enough to produce fruit. First crop in '10 definitely slowed woody growth. Excellent crop, despite horrid year for gardening. This is a fine little tree and apple.

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

    Sold this tree to a friend 24 March, 2013. He will probably strip it after bloom to encourage re-establishment of roots. Nice tree and fruit; just needed room for very old apple cultivars I am grafting.
  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 5 May
    Harvest: 4th week September
    Picked 52 apples 24 Sept. Brix 13; grandkids enjoyed picking them with me.
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 16 May
    Harvest: 1st week October
    About 55 apples; tree quite stunted.
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 4 May
    Harvest: 3rd week September
    15 apples first crop: excellent flavor!
  • 2009

    Spring blossom:  
  • 2009

    Stripped it after bloom: tree so small and spindly.

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