Freedom Apple Tree

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6057

The Spectacular & Tasty Freedom Apple Tree!

  • Tasty Red Fruit with Yellow Highlights
  • Creamy Colored Flesh
  • Crisp & Juicy Sweet-Tart
  • Fragrant White Blossoms!
  • Pollinators Galore
  • An Early Late-Season Harvest Variety
  • Produces Abundantly After Established
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Large Crops!
  • Disease Resistant!
  • Pollinators are UltraMac, Liberty & Cortland
  • Improved Disease Resistance
  • Great for Fresh Eating, Cider, Baking & Cooking Apple
  • 800-1000 Chill Hours

Would you like a variety of apples that frees you from many of the difficult tasks of producing a bumper crop? Well, you are in luck, give the Freedom Apple Tree (Malus x 'Freedom') a try. While many apples are bothered by many diseases, this variety was bred to resist most of them.

Your Freedom Apple Tree will give you an abundance of medium to large, nicely rounded, bright red fruit, that has a few touches of yellow. The creamy-colored flesh is crisp and juicy, with a sweetly tart flavor.

But before the apples, come the blossoms. In April, you can stroll back to your tree and watch the bees and butterflies flitting from blossom to blossom, pollinating for you. The fragrant white blooms put on a lovely spring show!

However, you will need to have another pollinator to make the most of your Freedom Apple tree--varieties like the UltraMac, Liberty and Cortland are all varieties that bloom about the same time and will help pollinate your tree.

How to Use Freedom Apple Tree In The Landscape

The gleaming floral show in spring makes Freedom Apple a lovely specimen tree and garden anchors, you will enjoy seeing your blossoms swarming with pollinators and watching your harvest grow out of a window or off the porch.

Shade your patio and garden beds with the lovely green foliage or picnic beneath the branches or is a good choice to add to your home apple orchard of any size.

Dual-purpose edible landscaping and homesteaders all enjoy the convenient size of this tree. Easily tucking into both front garden beds and back yard orchards. Lovely all growing season, these are beautiful focal points, destination spots in a wildflower field or meadow and idyllic cottage garden additions!

Imagine a lovely row of these lining your driveway or defining your property with the 4 season interest these great trees provide!

Freedom apples are fantastic multi-purpose fruit! Want to eat your apples fresh? Or crush them into cider? Maybe dry them for later? Or cook them into pies or apple cobbler? This variety is perfect for all!

#ProPlantTips For Care

This apple makes the most of a wide variety of zones and produces late-season apples sooner than most varieties. When you are ready to plant, find a spot that has full sun, but if you can't, the

Freedom Apple Tree can grow where it is sunny just half of the day. Make sure that the soil is well-drained and has plenty of organic matter. This variety needs an inch of rain a week so if you have less than that you will want to water it.

Prune when dormant in late winter to open the canopy and keep sunlight and air circulation into the interior. This allows proper air circulation and sunlight to enter the interior of your tree to further prevent disease and fungal issues.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Your tree will appreciate some higher nitrogen and fertilizer when it is fruiting.

With its improved disease resistance against Apple scab, Powdery mildew, Cedar Apple Rust and Fire Blight, so you can take the time to relax and enjoy its lovely blooms and form rather than checking its leaves for signs of infection. Freedom Apples are delicious and allow you plenty of ways to enjoy them after harvest.

Nature Hills ships fruit trees already at least 3 years old! You won’t have to wait long for your first harvest because the Freedom Apple tree produces crops between 3-5 years of age!

Freedom Apple Tree lives up to its name by freeing up your gardening time while produces ample apples all season long. This variety also frees you from worry.

Pop one of these in the ground, and in a few years you will be in apple heaven. These brilliant trees get a lot of attention, so order your Freedom Apple Tree in time for spring shipment from NatureHills.com!

Freedom Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Freedom Apple Trees

Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.

How to Plant Freedom Apple Trees

Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.

When to Prune Freedom Apple Trees

Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.

How to Prune Freedom Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
  • Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground

Prune Apple trees in the summer to:

  • Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
  • Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
  • Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
  • Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees

How to Care for Freedom Apple Trees

Growing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!

  • Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • Water your apple trees when it gets dry - especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep it stress-free
  • Use arborists' wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
  • Maintenance pruning and shaping

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.

How to Fertilize Freedom Apple Trees

For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.

Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.

Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.

  • Don't overdo it
  • Phosphates are your friends
  • Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
  • Follow the directions

Freedom Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Freedom is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:

Harvest Times for Freedom Apple Trees

Freedom's are typically ready to harvest in September.

Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it's ripe.

For Apples:

  • Early-season is usually June-July
  • Mid-season can be August-September
  • Late-season can be from late September-November

The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Freedom Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Freedom Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Freedom'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes