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