Wolf River apple trees

Wolf River apple
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Traditional cooker
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

If you are looking for a completely reliable disease-resistant cooking apple, which will thrive in the north country, this is it.

Wolf River is a very large culinary apple, with a good tart flavor, dating back to the 19th century. It is best used in the kitchen, and slices will keep their shape when cooked.

This is a fool-proof variety which will keep you supplied with heavyweight apples with little effort on your part.

Wolf River apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Wolf River apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Wolf River apple trees bare-root
B.118 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

Wolf River pre-dates the development of modern disease-resistant apples, but has a high resistance to scab, mildew, and fireblight.

The tree is also exceptionally winter-hardy, long-lived and productive.

Historical details

Found in Wolf River, Wisconsin, around 1875. Thought to be a seedling of a Russian variety called Alexander.

Wolf River characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Cooking Juice Traditional cooker
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Canker: Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Very resistant
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899


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