Liberty Apple Tree


This is a two-year-old Liberty Apple Tree grafted, raised, and grown in New Bern North Carolina on a G890 rootstock.

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This apple tree is a hybrid apple cultivar developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. It was a seedling produced in 1955 from pollinating ‘Macoun‘ from ‘Purdue 54-12’ for the sake of acquiring Malus floribunda disease resistances. It was first released to the public in 1978.[1]

“The fruit of ‘Liberty’ is a deep dark red over 90 percent of the surface. The ground color is yellowish. The red is striped rather than blushed. The shape of the fruit is oblate to oblate conic, and the size averages 2 34–3 inches although it may be smaller on heavily cropping trees. The cavity is obtuse, broad, smooth to slightly russeted. The stem is short. The calyx is medium large and mostly closed.

There are numerous light colored small sunken dots on the surface of the fruit. The flesh is yellowish in color, juicy, crisp, fine. The flavor is subacid and good. The core is medium large and is slightly to wide open. The quality has been rated as good. At Geneva, it is ripe about October 5 on the average or about 10 days after Mclntosh. ‘Liberty’ is considered to be primarily a dessert apple.  It makes a fine pinkish applesauce.

Disease susceptibility
  1. Developing New Fruit Varieties
  2. Dr. Stephen Miller of the USDA Fruit Research Lab in Kearneysville, West Virginia.
  3. National Fruit Collection page

G.890 Root Stock

The root stock is the bottom half of your tree the Honeycrisp was grafted on to. A tree grown on a grafted root stock has several advantages compared to a fruit tree grown from a seed.

G.890 was specially chosen for the Eastern Coastal North Carolina region for its disease resistance (more on that later), but especially for it’s stronger anchor compared to other dwarfing root stocks. The strong anchoring roots are more likely to survive our local hurricane winds.

G.890 is resistant to fire blight (Erwinia amylovora), crown rot (Phytopthora spp.) and woolly apple aphid. Tree size is approximately the same as M.7, but with higher and earlier production. I would expect the tree to begin bearing fruit the second year you have it in your yard. This is approximately 70-75% of a full-sized apple tree.


Apple Rootstock Info: G.890 – Apples (


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