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Wolf River apple tree

Wolf River
Wolf River is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.

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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. The flesh is quite dry - a useful quality when baking as it means the pastry is not flooded with too much liquid.

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.

How to grow

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

The tree is also exceptionally winter-hardy, long-lived and productive. A particular characteristic of Wolf River is that it leafs out very late in the spring.

Be sure to pick the apples before they are fully ripe, as they do not keep.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Wolf River was found in the Wolf River valley of Wisconsin, around 1875. It is 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
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • 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)(3) -40F / -40C
  • 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
    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.