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Pollination of McIntosh apple trees

Your McIntosh apple tree is in flowering group 2. It is not self-fertile and needs a pollination partner of a different variety nearby. The following varieties will pollinate this apple tree. (Most white-blossom crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety).

Pollination partner apple varieties in our catalog

  1. Cripps Pink is one of the best-known modern apple varieties, well-suited to the warmer apple-growing regions.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  2. Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  3. Elstar is an attractive apple with a well-balanced honeyed flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  4. Considered by many to be the best-tasting apple ever, Rubinette has a perfect sweet / sharp flavour.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  5. Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  6. Granny Smith is the world-famous green apple from Australia, a good choice for warmer apple-growing regions.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  7. An 18th century French apple variety with an aromatic and complex flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  8. A high quality apple, Grimes Golden is probably the parent of Golden Delicious, but with a richer flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  9. One of the best-flavored US apple varieties, a good choice for the backyard orchard.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  10. Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  11. A small highly flavored variety from France, where it is known as Api. Thought to be very old.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  12. An old culinary variety from Russia, popular in North America, and noted for its winter hardiness.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  13. A popular Arkansas variety with a rich southern flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  14. A disease-resistant and cold-hardy summer apple with a sweet flavor, also known as Co-op 13.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  15. Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  16. In use since the 18th century, Newtown Pippin is a versatile American apple with a good aromatic flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  17. Alkmene is a mid-season apple from Germany, related to to Cox but with a more robust flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  18. Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  19. Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  20. Porter's Perfection is a 19th century English cider variety producing a bittersharp juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  21. Wickson crab is a popular crab apple variety which is also useful in cider blends.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  22. Also known as Virginia Crab, Hewe's Crab is considered one of the best varieties for cider.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  23. Freyberg (or Freyburg) is an attractive golden yellow apple with a high-quality sweet refreshing flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  24. Sweet 16 is a sweet-flavored apple, with good cold hardiness.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  25. A mid-season apple variety with a good flavor, and good for juicing.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  26. A late summer apple, one of the most disease-resistant of all apples.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  27. Galarina is best considered an improved, disease-resistant Gala (to which it is closely related).

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-standard
  28. Antonovka is one of the most cold-hardy of all apple varieties.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  29. An old-fashioned winter eating apple, with a strong sweet/sharp flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  30. CrimsonCrisp is a modern scab-resistant apple, with a very crisp flesh. It can be picked over a long-period.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  31. A fine-flavored late-season eating apple from Germany.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  32. An unusual small apple with a distinctive sweet flavor, and exceptionally cold-hardy.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  33. A large yellow russeted apple with an excellent sweet flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  34. An improved form of Northern Spy, and an excellent all-round apple for northern areas.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  35. Check pollinators >
    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 1
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  36. A rich sweet-flavored red apple which grows best in the northern states.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  37. A high-quality late-season eating apple with plenty of interesting flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  38. A large-fruited cold-hardy crab-apple.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  39. A traditional English cider variety, producing a sweet juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  40. Winecrisp is a modern disease-resistant apple with a spicy flavor. Also known as Co-op 31.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  41. Harrison is a traditional American cider apple, noted for its excellent juice quality.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  42. James Grieve is the classic Scottish cooking apple. It can also be eaten fresh, and is excellent for juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  43. An early summer apple, with excellent disease-resistance and a pleasant tart flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  44. A traditional very early-season dual-purpose apple, which is also very winter-hardy.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Very early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  45. A crisp attractive early-season apple which stores well.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 1
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out

Other compatible varieties

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

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 most white-blossom 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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