Freedom Apple Tree is a later-fruiting cultivar that produces a bright-red fruit with almost invisible yellow background and some patches of nettled russeting. With its subacidic, spright flavor, it is an excellent apple for fresh eating, cider or cooking.
Latin Name: Malus pumila
Site and Soil: Apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock growing 12-16 ft. in height. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils. Vigorous, drought tolerant, and well anchored, trees on M-7 should not require staking.
M-26 is considered a dwarf rootstock, growing 8-12 ft. in height. 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: Apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set. Liberty is a sister tree to Freedom and is a particularly good pollinizer. Consider Mason Bees to help pollinate and increase fruit production.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: Dwarf 8-12ft. / Semi-dwarf 12-16 ft.
Taste: Subacidic, spright flavor
Fruit Skin: Bright red, yellow
Fruit Flesh: White
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Late September to October
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Freedom is resistant to apple scab, fire blight and mildew.
USDA Zone: 4-8