Freedom apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Freedom is a modern disease-resistant apple variety, and it is so-named because it offers growers freedom from apple scab and many other common diseases of apples. A unique feature of Freedom is that it has two different forms of scab resistance, partly from the well-known resistant crab-apple Malus floribunda, and partly from the Antonovka apple variety which also has proven scab resistance. Experience from growers since its introduction has generally borne-out the claims for disease-resistance.

Of course disease-resistance is only any use if the apple tastes good. Fortunately Freedom inherits many of its characteristics from Macoun, a proven McIntosh-style red apple, versatile for eating fresh and baking.

Freedom apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Freedom apple trees bare-root
G.41 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Freedom apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

If you want to grow your apple trees without spraying then Freedom is a good choice, as it has excellent scab-resistance and considerable resistance to all the other mainstream diseases of apples.

Freedom produces a vigorous tree, which fruits early in its life.

Historical details

Raised in the 1950s at the famous New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and introduced in 1983.

Freedom characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Good


  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable


  • Disease resistance: Good


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


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Red striped