MALUS domestica 'Freedom'
Plant Common Name
Apple, Cider Apple, Freedom Apple, Red Cooking Apple, Red Eating Apple
Introduced in New York in 1983, this hybrid of 'Macoun' and 'Antonovka' bears tasty, multi-purpose apples on vigorous, cold-hardy, disease-resistant trees. Ripening in early fall, the medium to large fruits have yellowish green skin heavily streaked and blushed with red. The flesh of this dessert, cooking, or cider apple is firm, crisp, juicy, and sweet/tart. The fruits keep well for several weeks. The vigorous upright densely branching trees are reliable bearers, and are resistant to scab, fireblight, and rust. For maximum production, plant 'Freedom' near another apple (such as 'Cortland') that flowers midseason.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to oval canopy. It originates from southeastern Europe, Siberia, and southwestern Asia and has been in cultivation for thousands of years. In spring, these trees offer sweet, fragrant flowers of light pink, white or rose, and in fall reward us with crisp, juicy apples.
These fruits have a wide variety of colors, textures and flavors and may be eaten out-of-hand, pressed for cider, frozen, canned or baked in a variety of ways. There are thousands of cultivars available, including many interesting heirlooms as well as fresh new varieties. Different selections vary in height and may bear fruit in late summer or fall.
While the domestic apple prefers full sun and well-drained soil, it will tolerate light shade and bouts of drought. For best fruit production, trees must be vigorously pruned and maintained. Apples are susceptible to many pests and diseases, but resistant varieties are available.
Most apples are grafted onto rootstock that provides a wide range of benefits such as vigor, pest and disease resistance and dwarf stature, depending on the stock.