Wolf River Apple Tree

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Apple Tree Roots Explained

  • Stunning Yellowish-Green Fruit With Magenta Blush
  • Creamy White Flesh is Sweet-Tart
  • White Flowers are Fragrant!
  • Holds Great for Cooking!
  • Enormous Sized Apples
  • Fruits Can Be Nearly 1 Pound Each!
  • Baked, Pies, Sauces & Apple Butter
  • Spreading, Sturdy Branching
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Disease Resistant
  • Highly Adaptable
  • Antique Variety
  • Full Sun!
  • ~1000 Chill Hours

Wolf River Apple Tree (Malus 'Wolf River') is a beautiful apple, with a stunning magenta blush against its yellowish-green background and creamy white flesh. It has a sweet-tart flavor and holds its shape well with cooking!

The lovely white blossoms are fragrant and call butterflies and beneficial pollinators galore!

Wolf River is beloved for its use as a cooking apple, so you can use it in a variety of culinary delights. 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!

An antique specimen that was found in Wolf River, Wisconsin in the 1870s! This is a tried and true variety of Apple Tree!

How to Use Wolf River Apple Tree In The Landscape

Wolf River is a productive tree that will provide its luscious harvest in late September to early October. With a spreading growth habit, it 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.

Sweet-tart flavor requires little added sugar for your baked goods and pies! Also good for apple butter and applesauce and primarily for cooking because of the way it holds its shape when cooked!

The white blooms make Wolf River a fantastic specimen plant and a lovely addition to the home landscape and it’s a unique orchard must-have!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Growing in growing zones 3-9, this cold and heat tolerant tree is very adaptable to a wide range of environments and soil types. Also, it’s a very strong tree and disease tolerant, showing good resistance to apple scab, fire blight, and powdery mildew.

Fruit trees require full sun for the best fruit and bloom set. Also thriving best in any type of well-drained soils with organic matter and consistent watering.

While drought tolerant once established, it’s best to protect your investment with supplemental watering. Mulch your root system well to insulate it from heat and cold, and to hold in more moisture!

Prune when dormant and to thin fruit for larger fruit size and less stress on your tree.

Order your apple pie-sized Wolf River Apple Tree for a truly unique fruit tree for your orchard or home garden this year before they sell out! Call NatureHills.com today!

Wolf River Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Wolf River Apple Trees

Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.

How to Plant Wolf River Apple Trees

Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.

When to Prune Wolf River Apple Trees

Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.

How to Prune Wolf River Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
  • Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground

Prune Apple trees in the summer to:

  • Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
  • Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
  • Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
  • Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees

How to Care for Wolf River Apple Trees

Growing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!

  • Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • Water your apple trees when it gets dry - especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep it stress-free
  • Use arborists' wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
  • Maintenance pruning and shaping

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.

How to Fertilize Wolf River Apple Trees

For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.

Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.

Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.

  • Don't overdo it
  • Phosphates are your friends
  • Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
  • Follow the directions

Wolf River Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Wolf River is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:

Harvest Times for Wolf River Apple Trees

Wolf River’s are typically ready to harvest in September.

Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it's ripe.

For Apples:

  • Early-season is usually June-July
  • Mid-season can be August-September
  • Late-season can be from late September-November

The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Wolf River Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Rootstocks Explained

Apple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.

The apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.

There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these apple varieties are:

Semi-Dwarf Apples

  • Height: 12-18 feet
  • Spread: 10 - 15 feet

Standard Apples

  • Height 18 - 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 - 18 feet

Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Wolf River Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Wolf River'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet
Mature Spread Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes