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Pollination of Maclean's Favourite apple trees

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Your Maclean's Favourite apple tree is in flowering group 5. It is self-sterile and needs a pollination partner nearby. The following varieties will pollinate this apple tree. (Most crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety).

Pollination partner apple varieties in our catalog

  1. Akane

    Akane is an attractive early-season eating apple with a good pedigree and a sweet/sharp flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Early-Mid season
  2. Black Oxford

    A good quality hardy traditional New England apple which keeps well.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  3. Calville Blanc

    One of the world's great cooking apples, Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy tangy flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  4. Chieftain

    A quietly popular apple, similar to Delicious but with a better and more complex flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  5. Court Pendu Plat

    Court Pendu Plant is a traditional French apple with a pronounced aromatic pear-drop flavor.
    Flowering group: 6Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  6. Dabinett

    Dabinett is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.
    Flowering group: 6Self-fertilePicking: Late season
  7. Empire

    One of the most widely-planted McIntosh style apples, Empire has the Mac flavor but improves on it.
    Flowering group: 4Partially self-fertilePicking: Late season
  8. Enterprise

    Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  9. Fiesta

    Fiesta is Cox-style apple, easy to grow, with a good aromatic flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Partially self-fertilePicking: Late season
  10. Florina

    A modern disease-resistant variety related to Jonathan and Golden Delicious.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Mid-Late season
  11. Fuji

    Developed in Japan, but with all-American parents, Fuji is a very attractive apple with a good sweet flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  12. Ginger Gold

    One of the first yellow apples to ripen.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Early season
  13. Golden Hornet

    Malus Golden Hornet has pink / white blossom then small yellow crab apples which hang on late in the year.
    Flowering group: 5Self-fertilePicking: Very-Late season
  14. GoldRush

    GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, like Golden Delicious but with a better tart/sweet balance. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  15. Harry Masters Jersey

    Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.
    Flowering group: 4Picking: Very-Late season
  16. Herefordshire Redstreak

    Herefordshire Redstreak is an old English cider apple variety which produces a bittersharp juice.
    Flowering group: 5Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  17. Honeycrisp

    Honeycrisp is a new cold-hardy disease-resistant apple - it shows just how good modern apples have become.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Mid-Late season
  18. Hubbardston Nonsuch

    An old heirloom apple variety named after the town in Massuchusetts.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  19. Keepsake

    A high-quality late-season eating apple, keeps well, and at its best in mid-winter.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  20. Kingston Black

    Kingston Black is one of the premier English cider varieties and produces a bittersharp juice.
    Flowering group: 5Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  21. Northern Spy

    Northern Spy is a popular late-season American heirloom apple variety which stores well.
    Flowering group: 5Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  22. Pitmaston Pine Apple

    A small English 18th century apple with a distinctive fruity pineapple-like flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Mid-Late season
  23. Pixie Crunch

    Pixie Crunch (TM) is a small modern disease-resistant apple with an superb flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Mid season
  24. Pristine

    A very early disease-resistant golden-green apple with a tart flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Early season
  25. Red Delicious

    Delicious is one of the most popular red apples, available in both Red and original Hawkeye forms.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking:
  26. Sansa

    A high quality early-season apple variety with a notably sweet flavor.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Early-Mid season
  27. Scarlett O'Hara

    Fruit is round-conic, full blushed red, sweet and juicy. Hangs extremely well to the tree and sugars increase greatly until early October.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking:
  28. Spitzenburg

    Esopus Spitzenberg is one of the best-flavored American heirloom apples, and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  29. Stoke Red

    A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersharp juice.
    Flowering group: 6Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  30. Sundance

    A high-quality late-season eating apple, with excellent flavor and disease-resistant qualities.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  31. Tydeman's Late Orange

    An excellent late-season Cox-style aromatic apple.
    Flowering group: 4Self-sterilePicking:

Other compatible varieties

We do not sell these varieties but they may be available from other fruit tree nurseries. Use our enquiry form and we will help you find a supplier.

  1. Ambrosia
    A sweet modern apple variety from western Canada, quite similar to Golden Delicious. Discovered as a chance seedling in an orchard in British Columbia.
  2. Annie Elizabeth
    A popular English culinary apple, which keeps its shape when cooked.
  3. Apricot
    An unusual and little-known apple variety noted for its apricot-like flavor.
  4. Ard Cairn Russet
    An old apple variety from Ireland, with a flavor reminiscent of bananas.
  5. Aroma
    A modern apple from Sweden, developed during the 1950s.
  6. Barnack Beauty
    An attractive old English cooking apple.
  7. Baya Marisa
    A modern red-fleshed apple variety with a good flavour, developed in Germany, and also known as Tickled Pink.
  8. Bloody Ploughman
    A blood red apple from Scotland with a mild but sweet flavour.
  9. Boiken
    Medium-sized fruit, skin smooth and yellowish with red cheek. Flesh firm and fine grained. Refreshing, sprightly, subacid flavor.
  10. Braeburn
    Braeburn was the first of the new wave of bi-colored supermarket apple varieties, and re-established the importance of flavor in commercial apples.
  11. Britemac
    Good McIntosh type. Large and attractive, brightly colored and the best for eating. Sweet, juicy, crisp, white flesh.
  12. Brown's Seedling
    An English culinary variety from Stamford. Rated by Hogg as handsome, excellent for culinary use, and a good keeper.
  13. Candy Crisp
    Glossy yellow, and generally russet free apple with an extremely mild, somewhat pear-like flavor. Large, conical fruits is occasionally blushed with soft pink.
  14. Cellini
    An unusual Victorian variety, primarily a culinary apple but can be eaten fresh. One of the best examples of the aniseed component of apple flavours.
  15. Chantecler
  16. Cheerfull Gold
    A modern English apple variety, derived from Cox's Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious.
  17. Chivers Delight
    Delightful, easy-going apple, sweet, juicy, crunchy - and some aromatic qualities
  18. Cockett's Red
    A small but pretty red eating apple from Cambridgeshire, with a somewhat sharp flavour which mellows in storage.
  19. Cornish Aromatic
    Old-fashioned variety from Cornwall, some pineapple flavours, very enjoyable
  20. Bess Pool
    Late keeping eating apple. Flesh rather dry with sweet pleasant flavor.
  21. Cottenham Seedling
    A well-regarded early 20th century cooking apple from the east of England with a good pedigree.
  22. Court Of Wick
    Small to medium. Conical. Golden yellow skin, blushed red and spotted with russet. Flavor is strong and fruity.
  23. Decio
    Probably the oldest variety in existence, thought to date back to Roman times
  24. Delicious
    One of the most famous and important American apple varieties. The original Delicious has a flavor that many find superior to the numerous sports such as Red Delicious that have been developed from it.
  25. Doctor Harvey
    Originates from East Anglia in the 1600s. Named after Dr Gabriel Harvey of Cambridge.
  26. Dumelow's Seedling
    One of the best cooking apples of the Victoria era. More correctly known as Dumeller's Seedling.
  27. Edward VII
    A popular English garden cooking apple, very easy to grow.
  28. Crawley Beauty
    Primarily a culinary variety, cooks to a puree with a delicate apple flavour - but can be eaten fresh after storing. Good disease resistance and tolerates a wide range of soil types.
  29. Cybele Delrouval
    An excellent new variety from France - sweet, crisp, juicy - one of the best mid-season varieties.
  30. Feltham Beauty
    An early season English apple, ripens in mid-August. The flavour is sweeter than most early varieties.
  31. Filippa
    Considered one of the best seedlings of Gravenstein.
  32. Forfar
    Versatile cooker, recommended for apple charlotte
  33. Gavin
    Early attempt to breed a scab-resistant dessert apple, surprisingly good sweet/sharp flavour - an under-rated apple
  34. Gladstone
    An old English summer apple, dating back to the 1780s, but re-introduced in 1868 by Mr Jackson of Blakedown Nursery as Jackson's Seedling. Renamed Gladstone in 1883.
  35. Green Harvey
    An old green dual-purpose apple with a sweet-sharp flavour. This is probably not related to Harvey or Golden Harvey varieties.
  36. Haralred
    Selection of Red Haralson. Earlier, redder, and sweeter, without the common russeting problem many Haralsons have. Juicy, tart, firm flesh. Good keeper.
  37. Golden Noble
    A sweet-flavoured cooking apple, and a good tree for the garden.
  38. Golden Reinette
    A very old variety, popular in 18th and 19th centuries, a pleasant mild dry flavour.
  39. Herrings Pippin
    Excellent eating and cooking apple. Fruit large, deep green, colored crimson on one side. Flesh crisp but tender when ripe. Spicy flavor, pleasing aroma.
  40. Ingrid Marie
    A Cox-style apple from Denmark, quite popular in northern Europe.
  41. Jester
    An attractive unpretentious apple, crisp and refreshing, nice flavour but rather bland.
  42. Jonamac
    Medium size, firm fruit with 90% dark red color over greenish background. Flesh firm, crisp, high quality with flavor similar to McIntosh.
  43. Karin Schneider
    A red-colored sport of Ingrid Marie. Medium large fruit, yellow skinned with crimson. Sweet, aromatic flavor.
  44. Lady Sudeley
    A well-known and attractive English early-season apple from the late Victorian era.
  45. Lane's Prince Albert
    A classic Victorian English cooking apple, and remains a popular garden variety.
  46. Laxton's Superb
    The definitive late Victorian dessert apple, firm, Cox-style but sweeter, understated but very "more-ish".
  47. Lemon Pippin
    Good for drying. Small, yellow dotted fruit with greenish-white, crisp, acid flesh.
  48. Lord Burghley
    A well-regarded Victorian winter dessert apple, and an excellent keeper.
  49. Lord Derby
    A popular good-quality English cooking apple of the Victorian era.
  50. Melon
    Fruits very good quality. Medium large, skin yellow, red striped, round, oblate, conical with mild flavor.
  51. Merton Knave
    An early-season English dessert apple, raised in the mid twentieth century.
  52. Mollie's Delicious
    A very good to excellent early apple ripening. Fruits are large to very large, conical in shape with a pinkish red color. Has an exceptionally pleasing aftertaste. This quality can be maintained in storage for at least 10 weeks under refrigeration.
  53. Morley's Seedling
    A late-season English cooking apple, from Cambrideshire in eastern England.
  54. Mother
    An old Massachusetts apple variety rated for its flavor.
  55. Newton Wonder
    A 19th century English cooking apple, still popular as a UK garden apple variety.
  56. Norfolk Royal
    A sweet old-fashioned apple, with a delicate melon flavour - very likeable
  57. Kiku
    A red-sport of Fuji, grown primarily in Italy.
  58. King Charles Pearmain
    An attractive 19th century pearmain-shaped apple with a dull golden yellow skin. The flesh is firm, fairly juicy, and strongly flavoured.
  59. King of the Pippins
    A good early/mid-season dual-purpose variety, thought to originate from 18th century France (where it is known as Reine de Reinettes) but widely grown in England since Victorian times.
  60. Novamac
    Flattened fruit with 70% red stripe on green background. Crisp, tender, fine-textured flesh. Slight McIntosh flavor. Good quality.
  61. Ozark Gold
    Very similar to Golden Delicious. Flavor is sweet, honeyed, very juicy with little acidity.
  62. Pine Golden Pippin
    Russet. Sweet.
  63. Pixie
    A popular garden variety, and a very good Cox substitute, quite sharp flavour
  64. Rajka
    A modern variety from the Czech Republic, bred specifically for disease resistance.
  65. Red Rome
    A redder-colored sport of Rome Beauty.
  66. Rome Beauty
    An extremely attractive and productive red cooking apple, widely-grown in North America.
  67. Santana
    A modern apple from the Netherlands, with a pleasant vinous flavour and bred specifically for reduced levels of proteins which can cause allergic reactions for some people.
  68. Splendour
    A popular commercial apple variety in New Zealand.
  69. Starkrimson
    Crisp, dense flesh, very sweet, quite juicy - a Delicious-style apple
  70. Virginia Gold
    Bright yellow fruit with pink blush. Crisp juicy flesh with flavors similar to Newtown Pippin. Should be stored to reach peak flavor.
  71. Weirouge
    A red-fleshed apple variety which has been used as the basis for commercial development of new red-fleshed apples.
  72. Winston
    A Cox-style apple, easy to grow.
  73. Woolbrook Russet
    A cooking apple, related to Bramley's Seedling.
  74. Zari
    An attractive modern commercial apple variety, related to Delcorf and Elstar.
  75. Comtesse de Paris
    A well-regarded late-flowering crab-apple with persistent yellow fruitlets.
  76. French Crab
    A very old apple with many synonyms. Reputed to be a long-keeper.
  77. Golden Gem
    Golden Gem has bright white blossom followed by yellow crab apples.
  78. Harry Baker
    Malus Harry Baker is a popular crab-apple with intense dark-pink blossom and marroon fruits.
  79. John Downie
    John Downie is a good crabapple for making crab apple jelly. White blossom and orange-red fruits.
  80. Malus transitoria
    Malus transitoria is sometimes known as the cut-leaf crab because of the lobed cut-outs on its leaves.
  81. Prairie Fire
    Malus Prairie Fire
  82. Red Obelisk
    Malus Red Obilisk
  83. Wedding Bouquet
    Wedding Bouquet is a crab-apple featuring an abundance of ivory-white blossom.
  84. Tremlett's Bitter
    Bitter-sweet cider apple. Medium fruit, yellow skin flushed red.
  85. Tydeman's Early Worcester
    A sweet early-season English apple, grown commercially on a small scale. Has a good flavour and somewhat under-rated.
  86. Beacon
    Beacon is an attractive bright red early season apple with good cold-hardiness.
  87. Chenango Strawberry
    Medium to large fruit smooth, yellowish or greenish-white skin striped with crimson. Flesh juicy, mildly subacid, aromatic with a hint of strawberries. Skin smooth and tough. Pick when skin starts to turn milky.
  88. Cornish Gilliflower
    Cornish Gilliflower is a popular English eating apple with an excellent sweet aromatic flavour.
  89. Ellison's Orange
    One of the best offspring of Cox's Orange Pippin, with a distinct aniseed flavor.
  90. Gala
    Gala is popular supermarket apple - but better when home-grown, with a sweet pleasant flavor.
  91. Golden Delicious
    The flavor of home-grown Golden Delicious is far better than its supermarket reputation.
  92. Jonalicious
    The perfect combination of sugar and spice - taste of Red Delicious and the tart freshness of Jonathan. A crisp texture makes it ideal for eating, cooking or fresh eating. Keeps extremely well. 2½ to 3 inch fruit is bright red with yellow under color.
  93. Winter Banana
    A good quality American apple variety with a faint banana-like flavor.

More advice about pollination

Please note that our whilst our system takes many relevant factors into account, it is certainly not completely accurate

Our article on the pollination of fruit trees gives more details of the factors involved in pollination.

Crab apples

It is worth remembering that many (but not all)crab apple trees make excellent pollinators for almost any apple variety. This is because they produce very large quantities of pollen over a long period and are (with some exceptions) only distantly related to mainstream apple varieties so their pollen is highly compatible.

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