By Pollination Type


APPLE TREES BY POLLINATION TYPE

Pollination

Ripe Apple Trees - Bower and Branch

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

Ripe Apple Trees - Bower and Branch

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.

Cox's Orange Pippin Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple

Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’

Fuji Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Fuji Apple

Malus domestica ‘Fuji’

Your Fuji can be pollinated by Cortland, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Pristine, and Rubinette.

Golden Sentinel Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Golden Sentinel Apple

Malus domestica ‘Golden Sentinel’

Honeycrisp Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Honeycrisp Apple

Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’

Macoun Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Macoun Apple

Malus domestica ‘Macoun’

McIntosh Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

McIntosh Apple

Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’

Your McIntosh can be pollinated by Granny Smith, Rubinette, Yellow Transparent, and Zestar!®.

Pristine Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Pristine Apple

Malus domestica ‘Pristine’

Red Delicious Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Red Delicious Apple

Malus domestica ‘Red Delicious’

Rubinette Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Rubinette Apple

Malus domestica ‘Rubinette’

Scarlet Sentinel Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Scarlet Sentinel Apple

Malus domestica ‘Scarlet Sentinel’

Zestar!® Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Zestar!® Apple

Malus domestica ‘Minnewasheta’

Requires Two Pollinators

Ripe Apple Trees - Bower and Branch

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!

Ashmead's Kernel Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Ashmead’s Kernel Apple

Malus domestica ‘Ashmead’s Kernel’

Gravenstein Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Gravenstein Apple

Malus domestica ‘Gravenstein’

Your Gravenstein can be pollinated by McIntosh, Yellow Transparent, and Zestar!®.

Liberty Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Liberty Apple

Malus domestica ‘Liberty’

Your Liberty can be pollinated by Cortland, Granny Smith, Yellow Transparent, and Zestar!®.

Mutsu Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Mutsu Apple

Malus domestica ‘Mutsu’

Partially Self-Pollinating Apples

Ripe Apple Trees - Bower and Branch

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!

Braeburn Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Braeburn Apple

Malus domestica ‘Braeburn’

Your Braeburn can be pollinated by Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Rubinette.

Cortland Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Cortland Apple

Malus domestica ‘Cortland’

Empire Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Empire Apple

Malus domestica ‘Empire’

Your Empire can be pollinated by Gala, Granny Smith, Pristine, and Rubinette.

Gala Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Gala Apple

Malus domestica ‘Gala’

Your Gala can be pollinated by Cortland, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Pristine, and Red Delicious.

Golden Delicious Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Golden Delicious Apple

Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’

Your Golden Delicious can be pollinated by Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Pristine, and Red Delicious.

Granny Smith Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Granny Smith Apple

Malus domestica ‘Granny Smith’

Yellow Transparent Apple Tree - Bower and Branch

Yellow Transparent Apple

Malus domestica ‘White Transparent’

Your Yellow Transparent can be pollinated by Granny Smith, Macoun, McIntosh, Rubinette, and Zestar!®.


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