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Apples: Malus domestica 'Liberty'

Botanical name: Malus domestica 'Liberty'

Common name: apple

also known as (semi-dwarf apple)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 5a thru 8b

bee attracting, edible

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Plant 'Liberty' for bonus crops with less care. Have problems with scab or cedar rust in your area? 'Liberty' is your answer. It resists those apple enemies without chemicals, but that's far from the only reason to try this variety. 'Liberty' bears annually and is unusually generous with its crops. In bearing tests over three years, 'Liberty' out-produced tried and true 'McIntosh', and yielded TWICE AS MUCH FRUIT as 'Red Delicious'. Apples are deep, dark red with a blush of contrasting yellow. Very flavorful, crispy-crunchy flesh. Ripens early October. Available in semi-dwarf only. Yields an average of 5 bushels with some variation depending on the season. Will reach a height of 10-12 feet at maturity. Plant trees 15-20 feet apart. Needs well drained soil. Full sun is best, but must have at least a half day of sun. Good for an espalier. Two varieties are needed for pollination. 'Cortland', 'McIntosh' and 'Yellow Delicious' are particularly effective pollinators. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

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