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Apple Pollinators
Some apples are self-fertile (or partially so) which simply means they can produce fruit without a pollination partner i.e. a companion apple tree. However, most apple cultivars need a companion tree close by to provide cross-pollination to ensure good fruiting. In urban areas pollination of apple trees is seldom a problem. The popularity of apples ensures there will be plenty of pollination partners in your neighbourhood that the bees will easily find. As a general rule good cross-pollination will occurs between apple varieties that flower and fruit around the same time. The chart below suggests suitable pollination partners but there are many more to choose from. To make it easy the following apples can generally be relied upon as good pollination partners:- Braeburn, Gala, Egremont Russet, Golden Delicious, Splendour. The Crab Apple Golden Hornet is also a very good companion tree for Apples.

Triploid Apples are the exception to the rule as they carry an extra set of chromosomes (3 rather than 2) and they require 2 pollination partners as per the chart below.

Cultivar
20 Ounce *
Type
Cooking
Ripe
March-April
Description
Large, striped, juicy, tart
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Akane
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Firm, red, juicy, D.R.
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Egremont Russet

Cultivar
Aorangi
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-May
Description
Red, crisp & sweet, stores well
Pollinator
Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Ariane
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Firm, delicious, D.R.
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Cox's Orange

Cultivar
Autento
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, sweet, stores well
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Ballarat *
Type
Cooking
Ripe
April-May
Description
Large, juicy, stores well, D.R.
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Ballerina Bolero
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Green, columnar habit
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Ariane

Cultivar
Ballerina Polka
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red blush, crisp, juicy
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Ariane, Waltz

Cultivar
Ballerina Waltz
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Green with red blush, crisp with nice tang
Pollinator
Granny Smith or Crabapple Maypole, Polka

Cultivar
Baujade
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Green, sweet, D.R.
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Bolero

Cultivar
Beauty of Bath *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Sweet with a little tang, juicy
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Egremont Russet

Cultivar
Belle de Boskoop *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Large, russeted, good for sauce
Pollinator
Triploid Akane, Fuji, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Bisquet
Type
Cider
Ripe
March-April
Description
Yellow, juicy, bitter-sweet
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Bledisloe Cox *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Striped, great flavour, crops well,
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Blenheim Orange *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Large & flat,
Pollinator
Triploid Cox's Orange, Gala

Cultivar
Blush Babe
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March
Description
Red, sweet, dwarf habit, D.R.
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Boskoop Rouge *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Yellow/red flush, sweet delicate flavour
Pollinator
Triploid Fuji, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Braeburn
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Striped, well balanced flavour
Pollinator
Self-fertile

Cultivar
Bramley's Seedling*
Type
Cooking
Ripe
April-May
Description
Large green flushed red, full of flavour
Pollinator
Triploid Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Calville Blan D'Hiver*
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Large, flat, aromatic
Pollinator
Akane, Fuji, Gala

Cultivar
Cameusa de ll'obregrate *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Yellow-green, red flush, stores well, D.R.
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Captain Kidd Kay *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red with russeting, sweet, juicy, reliable
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Cox's Orange Pippin
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Striped, rich, aromatic, nutty, crisp
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Cox's Orange
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Rich, aromatic, nutty, crisp
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Dayton *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March
Description
Red, crisp, juicy, D.R.
Pollinator
Gala, Cox's Orange

Cultivar
Delbarestivale
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, full of flavour, stores well,
Pollinator
Gala, Cox's Orange

Cultivar
Devonshire Quarrenden *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, delicious strawberry flavour, sweet
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Discovery *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, crisp, juicy, sharp, D.R.
Pollinator
Cox's Orange, Gala, Freyberg

Cultivar
Divine
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red, crunchy, juicy, D.R.
Pollinator
Gala, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Egremont Russet *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Russeted, nutty, sweet
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Fairbelle *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Red over green, very large, tangy
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Freyberg *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Aromatic, stores well
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Fuero Rous *
Type
Cider
Ripe
March-April
Description
Traditional French Cider Apple
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Fuji
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Red, large, juicy, sweet, stores well
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Gala
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red over green, crisp, tangy, yum
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Red Delicious

Cultivar
Golden Delicious *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Yellow, sweet, juicy
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Golden Pippin *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Golden yellow, crisp, crunchy, juicy, cider
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Golden Reinette *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Yellow flushed red, cider, D.R.
Pollinator
Fuji, Akane, Gala

Cultivar
Golden Winter Pearman *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Gold flushed red, firm, sweet, aromatic
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Granny Smith *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Green, tangy, great for cooking
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Gravenstein *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Striped, fine texture, juicy, crisp
Pollinator
Triploid Egremont Russet, Irish Peach

Cultivar
Greenmeadow's Cox
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Striped, sharp & tangy
Pollinator
Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Harold Red Delicious
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red, aromatic & juicy
Pollinator
Cox's Orange, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Hetlina *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Green blushed red, crisp, firm, D.R.
Pollinator
Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Initial
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, large, crunchy, sweet, D.R.
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Akane

Cultivar
Irish Peach *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Green, high quality, best fresh from tree
Pollinator
Freyberg, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Jonagold
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Yellow blushed red, juicy, rich flavour
Pollinator
Triploid Golden Delicious, Splendour

Cultivar
Kentish Fillbasket *
Type
Cooking
Ripe
March-April
Description
Striped, large, apple sauce, cider, D.R.
Pollinator
Triploid G.Delicious, D.Quarrenden

Cultivar
Kidd's Orange Red *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Striped red, rich flavour, reliable producer
Pollinator
Egremont Russet, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Kingston Black *
Type
Cider
Ripe
April-May
Description
Dark maroon, small, bitter-sharp flavour
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Fuji

Cultivar
Lady in Red
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Red, creamy, sweet with a tangy hint
Pollinator
Akane, Cox's Orange

Cultivar
Laxon's Fortune *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Striped, sweet with a hint of acid, D.R.
Pollinator
Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Liberty *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Blushed red, crisp & juicy, crops well
Pollinator
Fuji, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Little Rascal
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red, crisp, juicy & sweet
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Lobo *
Type
Cooking
Ripe
March
Description
Yellow blushed red, large, tangy, D.R.
Pollinator
Cox's Orange, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Mayflower *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Russeted green, large, flat, reliable
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Merton's Russet *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Russeted yellow, firm, crisp, sweet
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Cox's Orange

Cultivar
Meta
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red striped, small, crisp, sweet
Pollinator
Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Monty's Surprise
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Green blushed red, huge, high health
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Fuji

Cultivar
Mother *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Red, sweet, fragrant
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Gala

Cultivar
Mother-in-Law *
Type
Cider
Ripe
March-April
Description
Green-Bronze skin, sharp tasting flesh
Pollinator

Cultivar
Mutsu (Crispin)
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Green, large, great for sauce, flavourful
Pollinator
Triploid Granny Smith, Splendour

Cultivar
Nonnetit Bastard *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Striped, crisp, keeps well
Pollinator
Granny Smith, Fuji

Cultivar
Northern Spy *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Yellow/red, large, crisp, juicy, stores well
Pollinator
Mother, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Oratia Beauty *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Striped, sharp zingy flavour
Pollinator
Triploid Egremont Russet, Irish Peach

Cultivar
Owen Thomas *
Type
Cooking
Ripe
March
Description
Yellow blushed red, sweet flavour
Pollinator
Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Peasgood Nonsuch *
Type
Cooking
Ripe
March-April
Description
Very large apple
Pollinator
Cox's Orange, Egremont Russet

Cultivar
Prima
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, juicy, D.R.
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Priscilla *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red blush, rich flavour, lasts well on tree
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Red Chief
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March
Description
Red, white flesh, crisp and juicy
Pollinator
Cox's Orange, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Red Delicious
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red, perfumed, sweet, juicy
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Cox's Orange

Cultivar
Red Gravenstein *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Striped, crisp, juicy, zingy flavour
Pollinator
Triploid Ariane, Egremont Russet

Cultivar
Reinette du Canada*
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Russeted green, firm, spicy, stores Well
Pollinator
Triploid Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Ribston Pippin *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Yellow flushed red, sweet, aromatic
Pollinator
Triploid Cox's Orange, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Royal Gala
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, crisp, sweet, juicy
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Red Delicious

Cultivar
Sidero
Type
Cider/Cook
Ripe
April-May
Description
Yellow blushed red, juicy, aromatic
Pollinator
Granny Smith, FUji

Cultivar
Sir Prize
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Yellow, large, very juicy, sweet, D.R.
Pollinator
Triploid Gala, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Slack Ma Girdle *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Green striped, sweet, can used for Cider
Pollinator
Irish Peach, Egremont Russet

Cultivar
Splendour
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Red, sweet, crisp, crops and stores well
Pollinator
Fuji, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Sturmer
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Green flushed yellow, juicy, crisp
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Gala

Cultivar
Sunset
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Pale yellow striped, small, crisp, juicy
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Sweet Alford *
Type
Cider
Ripe
April-May
Description
Pale yellow, small, sweet & juicy
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Kingston Black

Cultivar
Takapuna Russet
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Russeted gold, crisp, juicy, sharp flavour
Pollinator
Cox's Orange, Kidd's Orange Red

Cultivar
Teachers Pet
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Red, crisp, juicy,sweet
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith

Cultivar
Telstar *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Russeted, striped high quality, crops well
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Splendour

Cultivar
Tentation
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April
Description
Golden yellow, tangy, juicy Tentational
Pollinator
Self fertile

Cultivar
Thumbelina Candy Crunch
Type
All purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Small, red, sweet, crisp
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, C.A. Golden Hornet

Cultivar
Thumbelina Golden Crunch
Type
All purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Small, golden, sweet, crisp
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, C.A. Golden Hornet

Cultivar
Thumbelina Ruby Crunch
Type
All purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Small, dark red, sweet, crisp
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, C.A. Golden Hornet

Cultivar
Tom Putt *
Type
Cider
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, large & flat, sharp flavour, D.R.
Pollinator
Triploid Egremont Russet, Freyberg

Cultivar
Tropicana *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
March-April
Description
Waxy blushed red, tropical flavour,
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Gala

Cultivar
Tydemans Late Orange *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Blushed red, aromatic, high quality
Pollinator
Fuji, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Vailles Early *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Dec-Jan
Description
Yellow blushed red, sweet flavour
Pollinator
Gala, Akane

Cultivar
Winter Banana *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
April-May
Description
Yellow, large, crisp, tangy & juicy
Pollinator
Fuji, Golden Delicious

Cultivar
Worcester Pearmain *
Type
All Purpose
Ripe
Feb-March
Description
Red, crisp, juicy, very sweet
Pollinator
Golden Delicious, Gala


*Heritage Apple
D.R.Disease resistant
TriploidNeeds 2 pollinators

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