By Pollination Type
If you’re new to fruit, you might not know that there are many apple trees out there that simply can’t pollinate themselves—and, because of this, they also can’t be pollinated by identical varieties. Instead, they need pollination from different (but still compatible) varieties. This is known as cross pollination. As an example, you won’t have much success if you try to pollinate a Red Delicious with another Red Delicious, but you’ll have success if you pollinate that same Red Delicious with a compatible variety such as Cortland or Granny Smith. Some varieties even need pollen from two compatible varieties, and some don’t really require pollination at all—but we’ll get into all of this!
If pollination seems confusing, don’t worry—we’ve done the hard part for you! You’ll find all of our apple varieties categorized below according to their pollination requirements, and we’ve also listed all of their compatible pollinators to make things as simple and worry-free as possible so you can let the bees do the heavy lifting! Our Plant Whisperers are also always available to address any questions you may have.
Requires One Pollinator
Many apple tree varieties are more than content with just one other compatible variety around, and they should produce plenty of fruit for years to come. It’s also interesting to note that the type of pollen won’t affect the resulting fruit. For instance, a McIntosh blossom receiving Red Delicious pollen will still produce McIntosh fruit. Explore all of our apple trees that require one pollinator below.
Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’
Malus domestica ‘Fuji’
Malus domestica ‘Golden Sentinel’
Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’
Malus domestica ‘Macoun’
Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’
Malus domestica ‘Pristine’
Malus domestica ‘Red Delicious’
Malus domestica ‘Rubinette’
Malus domestica ‘Scarlet Sentinel’
Requires Two Pollinators
Some apple varieties are more finicky than others and will require two different pollinators to be nearby before they’ll produce a good amount of fruit. You’ll also want to make sure the two varieties you choose are also compatible with each other. Imagine all the fruit you’ll get!
Partially Self-Pollinating Apples
Some apple varieties don’t necessarily need another variety around in order for them to produce fruit. These are known as partially self-pollinating apple trees. However, you shouldn’t expect a large fruit yield from these trees on their own (but you will still get fruit!) For best results, consider pollinating them with a compatible variety anyway. You’ll get more fruit for your efforts!