Wolf River Apple Tree
An Apple Big Enough to Make a Pie?
The distinguishing feature of this superior apple is its size. Its 5-inch diameter, and weight of up to a pound, will create quite a sight on your tree--and be even more impressive on your plate. In fact, people often say that you can make a pie with just one apple!
Wolf River is also a beautiful apple, with a stunning, magenta blush against its yellow/green background and creamy white flesh. It has a sweet/tart flavor and holds its shape well with cooking. Wolf River is beloved for its use as a cooking apple, so you can use it in a variety of culinary delights.
It's a productive tree that will provide its luscious harvest in late September/early October. Wolf River has a spreading growth habit, but is considered quite sturdy as well as hardy and long-lived.
If you enjoy apples, Wolf River is a great choice. Not only is it an excellent apple for eating and cooking, but it's also a bit of a conversation piece. Friends and neighbors are sure to be impressed with the size of these apples, so they're not only useful, but fun as well.
- Large apples
- Cold hardy
- Disease resistant
- Adaptable to a variety of soils
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Large, Cold Hardy Apple
The story of the Wolf River Apple starts with William A. Springer, a lumberman from Quebec who moved his family from Canada to Wisconsin in about 1856 after a brief stay in New York state. They settled in Little River, Wisconsin, where he helped to rebuild a dam and reconstruct a sawmill.
There are accounts that reference Springer buying a bushel of Apples on the shore of Lake Erie on his way from Canada to Wisconsin. But it appears from the historical account that he was a nurseryman in search of a farm when migrating from New York to Little River, Wisconsin in 1849.
In 1852, he and his family settled in Fremont, Wisconsin on what would become known as Springer Point on the Wolf River. As a major land owner of the region, Springer cleared property and sold land as recorded in many of the Waupaca county land records of the time.
At the same time, he sold lumber and ran the only nursery in this part of Wisconsin. He is credited with developing several cold hardy apple varieties, such as Addie and Mary, as well as the Wolf River, which fruited after he had sold off the Springer Point property in 1874 to Henry Rifen.
Rifen recognized this Alexander-like apple and noticed that it was an exceptionally large apple. He promptly named it after the nearby waterway. He introduced the new variety, Wolf River, for sale through Springers Nursery in 1878.
Springer remained a farmer and nurseryman and moved to another 260 acre location in 1874 and continued to run a 10 acre nursery, specializing in hybridizing cold hardy apples varieties.
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Wolf River'|
|Mature Height||Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|