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Fruit: Sharp (high acid & low tannin) uses: eating, hard cider
Flowering: early/mid self-sterile
Pollination partners: egremont russet, golden russet, grimes golden, hew’s crab, newtown pippin
Disease resistance: excellent
Storage quality: 2-3 mos
History: US; raised by R. Lamb, NYSAES, Geneva. Macoun X Purdue 54-12 introd 1978. First, and regarded as best, of US disease-resistant apples. Refreshing, quite sweet, soft , juicy, cream flesh. F est 10. T3; sprd ; res scab, mildew, fireblight, cedar apple rust. C hvy; sml fruit unless thinned. P l-Sept. S Oct-Dec; commercially-Feb.Morgan, Joan (2013-06-06). The New Book Of Apples (Kindle Locations 7564-7567). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition. TOUTED TO BE the greatest disease-free variety ever developed, Liberty became a popular choice for homeowners beginning in the 1970s, particularly because of its high resistance to apple scab. Even unsprayed, Liberty will prominently display clean foliage in backyard plantings while the leaves, buds, and fruits of nearby scab-susceptible varieties become covered with dull black or grey-brown lesions. This cross of Macoun with Perdue 54-12 was made in 1955 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and was released to the public in 1974. The name “Liberty” was suggested by Bernadine Aldwinckle of the Experiment Station’s Entomology and Plant Pathology departments to denote freedom from disease. The pollen was supplied by Dr. Ralph Shay of Purdue University, Indiana. The disease resistance comes from Malus floribunda. INTERIOR DESCRIPTION The creamy white flesh is slightly coarse, crisp, juicy, and sweet.Burford, Tom (2013-09-24). Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks (Kindle Locations 1824-1835). Timber Press. Kindle Edition.