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Wolfe Apple (likely a Wolf River)

 

Wolf River - Alexander seedling, grown/selected in Wisconsin <1880 by William Springer
 

Wolfe - scion from local likely Wolf River tree

 

Root Grafted 2018, on wild seedling rootstocks (2).  
 

Wolfe or Wolf River applewolfe, likely wolf river apple 

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Scion from old orchard tree on Wolfe Rd - originally Keith’s uncle’s, Alvin Rochefort. Likely it is a Wolf River, maybe planted 1940's?

Wolf River - Extremely large, even huge, round-oblate fruit. Pale yellow-green skin mostly covered with pink, deep red and bright crimson with a vivid yellowish-greenish russety splash around the stem. Creamy-white coarse firm but tender flesh. Aromatic subacid flavor is very good for cooking. Makes an excellent baked apple and a decent pie. Not much good for fresh eating, but particularly tasty when dried. Keeps until late fall. Large moderately vigorous productive spreading tree. Excellent scab resistance. Blooms mid to late season Z3



2021 - #1 - Last year it didn't do much, likely due to digging it up year before. I figured it was done so let a volunteer seedling grow not too far away to graft something to later for a tree in that area. But this year it showed some signs of life and grew a bit, so I'll leave it and see how it does.

#2 - Slow but doing OK.


2019 - #1 - dug carefully around growth, wasn’t down very far, had a nice long 2-3" strong root growing through the rubber band at the graft. Carefully pulled/cut band off but couldn’t tell if it was from root or scion. Dug up whole and set deeper, then added more dirt in a wide mound, mulched. Slower to leaf but did OK.

#2 - Added more dirt on top in wide mound, mulched. Growing nicely.


2018 - Bench root-grafted 2 on young crab seedlings, good clump of small roots, both from east of Stacey pear.

Planted (#1) south of hangar, se of mulberry. Grew well 13".

(#2) planted north edge of new NEOrch area east of hangar. Also did fine, 6" growth.

Story: Early last winter I noticed a real nice old orchard tree in our neighborhood [old orchard on Wolfe Rd - Keith’s uncle’s, Alvin Rochefort] still full of large good looking apples, well frozen and up above deer reach. I managed to knock one down and nibbled it. It was wonderfully sweet and flavorful (as much as a frozen apple can be). This was worth checking out. I was going to wait for the next harvest to try a fresh apple but come spring I went ahead and nipped a few scions, just in case I had room for a few more grafts (I did). I kept an eye on the tree and sure enough it had another good crop. So I planned to ask the current owner for permission to harvest some - no one had been picking these old trees. When I figured it was time someone else did, too. The crop was cleaned out completely! But I managed to scrounge a couple apples anyway. Enough to determine that it was very likely a Wolf River. Late winter I cut some scions. Decided to call it Wolfe.




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