The key to growing fruit trees that really produce is pollination.
When selecting a bare-rooted fruit tree, it is important to keep in mind that many fruit trees require a pollinator. Some trees are self-fertile, meaning that they do not require any other trees to produce fruit. Peach, nectarine, and apricot trees are self-fertile and great options for those with smaller planting areas.
If possible, it is still a great idea to purchase at least two trees, even if they are self-fertile, as this will give you the best chance to enjoy an abundance of delicious fruit!
Other varieties of fruit trees, especially apples and pears, require a pollinator to produce fruit. The easiest way to choose your trees is to choose your favourite variety and then find a compatible pollinator from the list below that you will also enjoy. For optimal pollination, plant your trees 4-6m away from one another.
Remember that bare-rooted trees are dormant in winter, so patience is key!
List of Compatible Pollinators
Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathon, Coxes Orange Pippin
Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Red Fuji, Pink Lady
Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonathon, Coxes Orange Pippin, Pink Lady
Red Fuji, Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith
Gala, Red Delicious
Golden Delicious, Sturmer, Crofton
Mutsu, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious
Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Gala, Red Fuji
Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Pink Lady, Sturmer, Jonathon
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala
20th Century, Winter Nelis, Beurre Bosc, Comice
Williams, Buerre Bosc
Josephine, Winter Nellis
Williams, 20th Century, Winter Nelis
20th Century, Hosui, Cho Juro, Buerre Bosc
Hosui, Shin Sui, Williams, Kosui, Cho Juro
Williams Beurre Bosc, Josephine
Packhams, Winter Nelis
Florence, Van, Blackboy, Stella, Williams Favourite
Florence, Stella, Williams Favourite, Blackboy
Florence, Napoleon, Lambert, Stella, Williams Favourite