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Wolf River apple trees

Malus domestica
Wolf River is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

If you are looking for a completely reliable disease-resistant cooking apple, 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.

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Wolf River organic apple trees for sale

  • Maidentree on M9 rootstock23.25€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
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Growing and Training

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.


Wolf River was found in the Wolf River valley of Wisconsin, USA around 1875. It is thought to be a seedling of a Russian variety called Alexander.

Wolf River characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use3 months or more
  • Food usesCulinaryJuiceTraditional cooker
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 3 (-40C)
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899