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Wolf River apple tree

Wolf River apple

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. Wolf River applesauce often has an attractive pale pink color.

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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    B.9 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890 rootstock
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  • 3Large 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    B.118 rootstock
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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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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

Wolf River characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesCulinaryJuiceTraditional cooker
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • MildewVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899

Similar varieties

  • See also Redfield
    Malus domestica x Malus niedzwetzkyana
    Redfield
    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.