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Freedom apple

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

Freedom apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Freedom

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 11 Feb 2014  NEW YORK, United States
      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  NORTH CAROLINA, United States
      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  NY, United States
      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  IOWA, United States
      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.

    Tree register

    United States



    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 Khashline@Gmail.Com 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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    Harvest records for this variety

    2023 season

    • 1st week October  2023  - tree owned by Will in Severn, Canada

    2017 season

    2013 season

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

    2011 season

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


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


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Red striped
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking period: early October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
    • Powdery mildew: Some resistance
    • Fire blight: Some resistance
    • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance

    Where to buy trees

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    Where to buy fresh fruit

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    United States


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