When George Wheeler moved from Dutchess County to Yates County in western New York in 1791, he brought apple seeds with him and planted them on his newly cleared land in Penn Yan. Five years later Abraham Wagener purchased Wheeler’s land with its small nursery of seedling trees. One of those seedlings was later named “Wagener.” By about 1865 the apple had become quite popular and was spread around New York and New England. Especially desirable for the home orchardist, it bears early, prolifically and annually. We recommend Wagener for dessert, pies, and sauce.