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Description

Fruit weighs up to a pound, each! Tree is strong and disease-resistant to apple scab, fire blight, and powdery mildew. Characteristically large fruit is perfect for cooking and sauce – holds its shape and requires very little additional sugar. Antique variety, originates from Wolf River, Wisconsin, circa 1870s. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Best pollinators: Honeycrisp or any Golden Delicious.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid Sept To Early Oct
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Tender
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Use to have some back on the farm, would like to see if I could grow one now.
DAVID H on Aug 3, 2017
Mother always talked about Wolf River apples, only had one in her life.
Julie L on Mar 31, 2017
Use to have some back on the farm, would like to see if I could grow one now.
DAVID H on Aug 3, 2017
heirloom apple great cooking apple
Jeff C on Apr 5, 2017
Mother always talked about Wolf River apples, only had one in her life.
Julie L on Mar 31, 2017
Large tasty apple. Disease resistant. Recommended by WV Master Gardeners.
Jeffrey M on Mar 27, 2017
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find these apples. My mother has always made apple butter from these apples so what better way to preserve this tradition than to have our own tree. May get another one next year. We already have the pollinator on the property. Best apple butter ever perfected by Mom!!
Rita P on Mar 26, 2017
Always had Wolf River trees on the home place and enjoyed eating the pies and other baked goods my mother made with there fruit and there giant size is a easy way to pick enough for my pie
Herbert M on Mar 18, 2017
This is one of the very best "applesauce" apples ever grown! It's size alone makes it a must have for preservation apples.
ROY B on Mar 16, 2017
Like the idea of an heirloom variety--sounds tasty.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
love these apples
Kathy L on Feb 28, 2017
My Mom (born in 1913) always talked bout having this apple tree when she was a kid. I was always going to plant one but never did so I ordered for my son-in-law
Andrea L on Feb 28, 2017
childhood, these were huge apples in my grandfathers orchard.
Patty H on Feb 23, 2017
I chose wolf river because grandpa always tells story's about how he used to trade huge wolf river apples for things growing up!
Colbert H on Feb 22, 2017
I remember when i was a kid, my Father used to take us Apple picking in these old abandon orchards. The Wolf rIver was abundant in these orchards, but today these old orchards are gone. we picked them for making apple sauce, it was a great apple for cooking, and so now i have my own property, and want to bring them back.Steve Kozlowski, from NE Wisconsin
steven k on Feb 2, 2017
I remember this apple as a child. My mother made pies because of size.
David F T on Jan 23, 2017
I was looking for a disease resistant varieties
LYNDA B on Sep 29, 2016
It's an old variety that I am familiar with and it is dying out in my area.
Timothy L on May 28, 2016
Had a tree like this as a child. Grandmother called them pound apples. Had many pies and we even had a cider press and made cider every year.
Betty D on May 24, 2016
Like the size and taste.
Glenn C on May 23, 2016
Huge apples. You need only three or four to make a pie. Good all use apple. Bought these to replace the 100+ year old Wolf River trees we had.
Susan M on May 20, 2016
It's an apple from my childhood............I'm 72
Carole L on May 10, 2016
They're the best cook in Apple's...
Dan A on May 5, 2016
Have one Wolf and several other breeds in orchard, wanted more Wolf river - Huge and great for pies!
Jack V on Apr 28, 2016
Climate zone compatibility 3A
Chris Y on Apr 27, 2016
Wanted to try some "antique" varieties
FRANCES F on Apr 11, 2016
we have a couple of these now, they have great fruit that keeps well.
Darold K on Apr 9, 2016
perfect for applesauce
frances r on Mar 29, 2016
I love antique varieties.
Angela G on Mar 17, 2016
To make applesauce
Jesse S on Mar 13, 2016
Heirloom Apple; friend recommendation....
JOHNNY F on Mar 3, 2016
heirloom apple great cooking apple
Jeff C on Apr 5, 2017
Large tasty apple. Disease resistant. Recommended by WV Master Gardeners.
Jeffrey M on Mar 27, 2017
My tree won't fruit. Pollinators include william's pride, gold rush, fuji. What should I pay attention to or change? Growing in East Central Indiana
Jack W on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My Wolf River is too young to fruit, but I was told to plant a HoneyCrisp within 20 feet of it for Pollination so I did. Time will tell. I had a huge WR in my yard that bore bushels of fruit and I did not plant any Pollinators near it. Go figure. My grandfather used to graft WR's by the hundreds over in Ironwood Michigan and there still are thousands of those trees around. They originated in Wolf River Wisconsin which was not all that far away. When they say it's a "3 apple pie" apple it's true. They grow HUGE and three will make a full 9 inch pie! Besides they taste great. My dad grew one in Detroit many, many years ago but that is the furthest south I've heard of them Don't know if it's where you live or not. Hope it does...you'll love it.
Can I use a Cortland apple tree to pollinate the wolf river?
Judy C on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they both bloom fairly early and have overlapping bloom times, so they will cross-pollinate one another for fruit production.
How many pounds of apples will this tree produce?
Davey on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Generally the yield of an apple tree is expressed in bushels. You can read about the Estimated Yield for Fruit Trees here: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/estimated-yield-for-fruit-trees
Does anyone know if Wolf River apples keep well in cold storage?
John R on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Wolf River will keep up to 6 months in cold storage.

Customer Reviews

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Wolf River Apple
My brother has one so I had to have one. Huge fruit, wonderful for pies and sauce. Second year and has a few blossoms. Usually get the supreme trees as they bear earlier.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
good heirloom
This tree broke dormancy very well putting out flowers and leaves. Doing well its first year in a partially sunny spot. No fertilizer or special care needed. I would recommend this tree.
May 22, 2016
Healthy Tree
The tree I ordered is doing well. A full year under its belt, and doing well. Loking forward to when it begins to bear fruit in another year or two.
November 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Wolf River Apple
Wolf River apple tree growing vigorously. No apples yet, but I expect great things in a few years.
September 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Wolf River Apple
This is my second Wolf River Apple tree, and the one from last year is doing great, and the one this year is already leafing out.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
will have huge apples
I lived in WA ST and used to buy these apples at a farmers market and they are great. Can't wait for mine to start that process. So glad you had these trees from the Millers
May 26, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Slow Grower
Last year, 2016 it grew a little over 12 inches. The Tre Pep has made all the difference. Back in the 80's I was doing a major home renovation at Harvey's Lake Pa. and the caretaker asked if I liked apples.Nodding in the affirmative he handed me a colossal Wolf River apple and said here see if you can eat all this in one sitting. I told him that it was enough for my family. I weighed it when I got home and it weighed 18 ounces and was quite delicious as my kids said "do you have more". So I am patiently waiting for a 18 ouncer that I can share with my kids and their's also!
May 7, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
These will be the 13th and 14th apple trees... and 7th type we have bought from Starks's
Being in WI I had hoped last year when we started our Orchard to add the Wolf Rivers but unfortunately was unable to... So we put in 2 of 6 other types of Apples from Stark's for a "Start" along with a Sweet Kristin cherry (Please carry another 4B sweet so I do not have to buy elsewhere!) 2 Mulberrys, 2 honeyberrys, and 1 Grape.... Everything did great their first years with the grape being our only loss which how successfully everything else transplanted and grew its first year I did not bother seeking a refund on (I spent alot more last year buying berry plants from someplace else locally and had a very poor survival rate. The $11 dollar grape loss vs the few $$$ we spent in trees was not worth the effort of bothering Starks) We had a hard winter and our geese did get to one of the apples late season and stripped some bark so we are hopefully optimistic of its survivability. Overall I am a very satisfied customer and a long time organic gardener, which is why I ordered another cherry and "miscilanious" fruit trees this season. ( And moved the geese so the trees can mature a few more years). Their prices are also nearly 1/2 what our local nurserys charge and the trees (Barerooted sticks) took off like crazy once settled in.
January 31, 2017
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8 months ago
Wolf River Apple
I have had them in the past and have loved them. The tree is only been in the gross a year and is doing great.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Wolf River doing well.
My one Wolf River has given no problems and is a well formed tree. Its trunk did split this year early spring, but I found out that this just happens sometimes when the cold to hot ratio is too great during a day and expansion and contraction go to work. Not a fault of the variety, one Winecrisp did this as well, and both on the southwest side of the tree near the base, as is normal. The best part is the tree can easily heal these small splits, and I can see that taking place already.

Looking forward to some giant apples from Wolf River.
May 2, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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