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Liberty Apple Tree

(44 customer reviews)


Begins shipping mid-April.

Pollinator required to bear fruit

Begins shipping
early September

Pollinator required to bear fruit

An abundant tree that performs where McIntosh won’t.

Its disease-resistant nature means it’s low-upkeep—no need to spray for apple scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight or powdery mildew. The fruit is partly yellow, with overlays of scarlet red that look so pretty on the tree. The fruit flesh is snowy and crisp, with a pleasant balance of sweet and tart. Excellent for fresh eating, cooking or canning. Keep some and use them later—storage actually improves the flavor! Originated in Geneva, New York in 1955. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Pollinator required: Choose any other apple variety. A licensed variety of Cornell University.


Bloom ColorWhite
Ripens HarvestSeptember
Fruit ColorRed
Fruit SizeLarge
Soil CompositionLoamy
TasteModerately Tart
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear2-5
Bloom PeriodEarly – Mid
Hardiness Zone Range4-7

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  3.5 – 4.5 m tall x 3.5 – 4.5 m wide (12 – 15′ tall x 12 – 15′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 3.5 – 4.5 m (12 – 15′)

Ship Height

Semi-dwarf, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Supreme Semi-Dwarf EZ Start® Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m (3-4′) Tall with advanced root system in a 12.7×12.7×30.5 cm (5x5x12″) EZ Start® Pot.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a different variety within 15 meters (50 feet) for best pollination.

Recommended Pollinators: Buckeye Gala, Cortland, Empire, Royal Empire, Honeycrisp, SnowSweet, Granny Smith

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44 reviews for Liberty Apple Tree

  1. Doug Jones

    I planted my Liberty Apple Tree in 2001. I bought it from a local nursery. Back then local nurseries carried mature Stark products (although they labeled them as there own). It was a bigger tree than Stark sells today. I wish Stark sold more mature trees such as 5 or 6 ft. I’m 70 years old and can’t wait 7 years for fruit production. The Liberty Apple has been a heavy producer and the fruit tastes just like Stark describes-sweet and tart at the same time. We bake apple pies and they always come out wonderful. They are great to eat right off the tree too. I spray with Bonide Fruit Tree insecticide 1.5 tbls/gal in the spring just when the leaves begin to come out before bloom. The spray kills bugs that live in the bloom and kills some kind of disease that wrinkles up the leaves. I don’t usually spray again. Seems to work. We are in Missouri Zone 6. We pollinate with Gala and Red Delicious. It is now late June. I am fighting Japanese beetles at the moment that are eating away at some new cherry trees I planted last fall. I sprayed with Bonide but the insecticide residue didn’t last over 1 week and they were back again. Trying Sevin liquid spray. Sevin is said to be easier on the new growth than Bonide. Plus you can spray every 7 days. I may need to spray more often for a while to get rid of these Jap Beetles. While I had the sprayer out and a little extra chemical, I hit all of my fruit trees just for good measure!

  2. Rex Branham

    I planted it on June 5th while I was in Kentucky ,I should have planted it in April cause June is way to hot to plant a bare root tree when your not going to be their to water it ,well in Mid August I went back to Kentucky again and to my surprise it was growing well and thriving I was shocked ,I always apply allot of mulch about a 5′ circle 4″ deep with a wire fence to keep deer away,I planted a Enterprise apple tree too

  3. Samantha Boyd

    I bought a liberty apple tree in spring of 2017. My plan is to keep it small, under 7 feet tall. My tree arrived looking very healthy and was quite large. I planted it, and immediately trimmed it down to 12 inches tall, so it would branch out and stay short. Well as of this spring it’s doing great! It’s put out 5 branches, and grown a few inches, it’s looking very healthy! I’m hoping to get my first apples in 2019.I would highly recommend Stark brothers nursery for healthy and vigorous apple trees.

  4. Jon Whetzel

    Was nothing more than a stick last spring. It has made braches and leaves have sprouted. Great little tree, but, I wish you all offered larger trees. Thank you.

  5. Anthony Kitelinger

    I bought 3 of these trees and planted them spring 2017 and they showed signs of life within a week. They grew like crazy all season. They came back to life quite quickly in 2018(once we recovered from the long winter).


    Just now leafing out at the top, we will wait to see if it survives.

  7. Rochelle Prather

    So vigorous! I think that we’ll get plenty of fruit this year.

  8. David David

    Great tree. It has a good sturdy trunk and grew well it’s first year. This, it’s second year, although basically still just a straight trunk it is covered with bloom. Of course I will defruit any that sets on because it is much to young for the stress of bearing.


    My liberty apple has the shape and vigor that I was expecting and just loves organic food. I am well satisfied.


    I’m very disappointed the rootstock lived, but the grafted tree died. The trees are dead from the graft union up.

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