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Liberty Apple on B.118 (Spring 2023)


An excellent, highly disease-resistant modern dessert apple. Also known as NY 55140-19.

The tree is vigorous, easy to grow, and productive. It is resistant to fireblight and powdery mildew, and highly resistant to scab and cedar-apple rust. It is, basically, the perfect apple for the first-time grower and it is the backbone of any organic orchard. Heavy fruit sets will require thinning to maintain quality.

The apple is a large McIntosh-style fruit (its mother, Macoun, is a McIntosh progeny), with a red blush covering nearly all of the yellow background. Ripening midseason, it is sweet-tart, aromatic, crisp, and juicy–perfect for fresh eating or for cider blends (°Brix 12). The harvest window is narrow–ripe fruit will lose texture and flavor rapidly if left on the tree–and multiple pickings are recommended. Liberty will store for up to two months, and the flavor will continue to develop over the first month if the fruit has been picked early enough. This is one of the best disease-resistant varieties available.

Liberty is a cross of Macoun and Purdue 54-12, bred for disease resistance at the New York Agricultural Station in Geneva, and first released to the public in 1972. The name "Liberty" was chosen to denote freedom from disease.

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The tree is vigorous, easy to grow, and productive. It is resistant to fireblight and powdery mildew, and highly resistant to scab and cedar-apple rust. It is, basically, the perfect apple for the first-time grower and it is the backbone of any organic orchard. Heavy fruit sets will require thinning to maintain quality.

The apple is a large McIntosh-style fruit (its mother, Macoun, is a McIntosh progeny), with a red blush covering nearly all of the yellow background. Ripening midseason, it is sweet-tart, aromatic, crisp, and juicy–perfect for fresh eating or for cider blends (°Brix 12). The harvest window is narrow–ripe fruit will lose texture and flavor rapidly if left on the tree–and multiple pickings are recommended. Liberty will store for up to two months, and the flavor will continue to develop over the first month if the fruit has been picked early enough. This is one of the best disease-resistant varieties available.

Liberty is a cross of Macoun and Purdue 54-12, bred for disease resistance at the New York Agricultural Station in Geneva, and first released to the public in 1972. The name "Liberty" was chosen to denote freedom from disease.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cider, Disease-Resistant, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider, sauce
Cider classification: sharp
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Macoun x Purdue 54-12
Origin: Geneva, New York
Introduced in: 1972
Introduced by: Dr. Robert Lamb, NYSAES

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Sep 29 (approximate, in New York State) + 14 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: B.118 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (90% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 24'
Good for wildlife planting? Y

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Resistant
Powdery Mildew: Resistant
Apple Scab: Very Resistant
Cedar-Apple Rust: Very Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 2
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (90% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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