Wolf River apple trees

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

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

Mature height*
1-year Wolf River apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Wolf River apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height

You can pre-order trees now for delivery when shipping 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.

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


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


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • 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

Disease resistance

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


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


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

Similar varieties

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