Colorado old-timers know this huge, red apple by name, and remember their mothers coring it and baking it full of honey – enough to feed an entire family. Everything about the Wolf River is enormous from its apples to the tree itself; 100 plus year old trees still grow in Colorado. With its mild, sweet flavor and ability to hold its shape when cooked, it is indeed a wonderful pie apple but it really shines when baked whole or turned into apple butter.
Choose rootstock type depending on availability:
Malus domestica Standard sized seedling rootstock. This is what trees were historically grafted on. These will be large trees that will grow for a century or more due to their cold hardiness and drought tolerance. Plant 25 feet or more apart.
M111 Semi Dwarf rootstock. 3/4 size of standard. A good compromise if you want a slightly smaller tree. Plant 15 feet or more apart.
M7 Semi Dwarf, Smaller than M111. Probably not as long lived, but produces sooner. Longer lived than M26. Plant 12 feet or more apart.
M26 Dwarf, Short lived (a few decades), fast producing, needs staked, not drought tolerant or as cold hardy, plant as close to 1-2 feet apart.