Wagener Apple

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One of the best old-fashioned American apples. Tree consistently produces a medium-sized glossy, green-yellow fruit with a pale red flush; late season. Flesh is juicy, tender, and crisp making it ideal for cider, sauce and baking. Flavor is reminiscent of Spy apples. Keeps well and flavor matures in proper storage. Antique variety, originates from New York, circa 1790s. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin or Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Juicy
Texture Fine Grained
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Great taste and can store for the whole winter
Jennifer D on Mar 21, 2020
very old apple tree/wanted to try it/great price
michael g on May 23, 2018
Great taste and can store for the whole winter
Jennifer D on Mar 21, 2020
A friend recommended it. I love the old trees, I love to bake with apples!
Kathy D on Jun 12, 2018
very old apple tree/wanted to try it/great price
michael g on May 23, 2018
Checking out new cider apple for decent price.
Gretchen S on May 12, 2018
This was a "hope for" Apple tree. Didn't think it would ever be on sale.
Keith W on May 12, 2018
It was an old variety my grandparents had that was a great pie Apple, that unlike spies, produced every year.
Wilda M on Mar 1, 2017
Antique variety
Christopher D on Jun 20, 2016
A friend recommended it. I love the old trees, I love to bake with apples!
Kathy D on Jun 12, 2018
Checking out new cider apple for decent price.
Gretchen S on May 12, 2018
Is the Wagener susceptible to cedar apple rust?
Richard K on Apr 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have a small Wagener Apple tree. I will check for you, but I have not noticed that it has cedar apple rust. Keep in mind I have over 200 trees, but if it was bad with CAR I think I would have noticed. The trees we have in our orchard that have CAR pretty bad are: Pink Pearl and Gold Rush. Have not noticed CAR on any other trees, and we have 32 varieties. Most are from Starks. Hope this helps.

Customer Reviews

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Good so far
After planting it mid year, and after a long winter . It bounced back with a lot of new growth.
June 14, 2017
over 4 years ago
It's growing fine!
I bought this apple last year when I was moving from southern Indiana to Wisconsin where I needed a zone 4 tree. It survived the snowiest winter ever (and the coldest I've ever experienced) in Eau Claire and leafed out in the spring. I'm looking forward to its apples in a few years.
May 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Wagener apple
Bought this apple for genetic history. Very stout tree and has grown nicely. Hope to taste it next year.
June 20, 2018
over 4 years ago
Doing Well!
It's just it's second summer in the ground, doing well, strong new growth. I expect it to continue to grow well, I protected it from rabbits and deer with trunk protector and chicken wire surrounding it on tall stakes. Looking Great!
June 10, 2019
over 2 years ago
healthy tree
tree has made it through one of our worst winters growing great and not an issue.. cant wait for it to produce.
August 26, 2019
over 2 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for sharing your feedback in regards to the cold hardiness of the Wagener Apple. We look forward to your update on how well this tree produces. Your planting success is important to us!
August 29, 2019
Tabitha R
Great tree
I purchased the Wagner tree last year and it is a very nice and very sturdy tree. I have been very pleased.
May 29, 2019
over 2 years ago
Great, healthy tree !
This Wagener Apple Tree came well grafted, well grown, well pruned, well packaged and ready to go !
May 30, 2019
over 2 years ago
The Wagener seems to be doing very well in my garden. Did not fruit this year. It main stem is thickening and I think next summer I will get more fruit. Its a real good tree for any beginner. Does not need much attention.
May 25, 2019
over 2 years ago
Nice addition to our hobby orchard
I ordered this variety a year ago to add to our orchard. I wanted a hardy tree that was good for cider. The trees survived our record -34 degree F winter here in zone 4 Wisconsin(Sparta) no problem. They look nice and leafed out well. It will be a couple of years before they are mature enough to produce...
June 29, 2019
over 2 years ago
Wagener Apple tree is great
I received my Wagener tree last spring and bare root stock. It survived a very cold winter and though only 4 feet tall has been loaded with blooms. I can’t wait to taste one of the apples.
May 21, 2019
over 2 years ago