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Pollination of Chieftain apple trees

Your Chieftain apple tree is in flowering group 4. 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. 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
  2. A popular traditional French hard cider variety.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
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    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-standard
  3. A good quality hardy traditional New England apple which keeps well.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  4. 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
  5. A mid-season apple variety with a good flavor, and good for juicing.

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    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  6. One of the world's great cooking apples, Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy tangy flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  7. A large-fruited cold-hardy crab-apple.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  8. Cornish Gilliflower is a popular traditional English eating apple with an excellent sweet aromatic flavour.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  9. Developed from McIntosh, Cortland is one of the most widely-grown Mac-style apples.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  13. 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
  14. Fiesta is Cox-style apple, easy to grow, with a good aromatic flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  15. An unusual small apple with a distinctive sweet flavor, and exceptional cold-hardiness.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  16. Gala is popular supermarket apple - but better when home-grown, with a sweet pleasant flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  17. Galarina is best considered an improved, disease-resistant Gala (to which it is closely related).

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    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  18. Malus Golden Hornet has pink / white blossom then small yellow crab apples which hang on late in the year.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  19. 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.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  20. 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
  21. 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
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  22. Harrison is a traditional American cider apple, noted for its excellent juice quality.

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    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
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    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  23. Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.

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    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
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    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  24. Herefordshire Redstreak is an old English cider apple variety which produces a bittersharp juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  25. 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
  26. Honeycrisp is a cold-hardy disease-resistant apple - it shows just how good modern apples have become.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  27. 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
  28. A high-quality late-season eating apple, keeps well, and at its best in mid-winter.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  29. Kingston Black is one of the premier English cider varieties and produces a bittersharp juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Not self-fertile
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    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  30. 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
  31. Macoun is one of the best McIntosh-style apples, with the characteristic flowery vinous flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  32. 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
  33. Michelin is a traditional French cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Partially self-fertile
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    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  34. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  35. Northern Spy is a popular late-season American heirloom apple variety which stores well.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  36. 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
  37. A classic English russet apple from the Victorian era, notable for its pineapple-like flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  38. 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
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  39. A small English 18th century apple with a distinctive fruity pineapple-like flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  40. Pixie Crunch is a small modern disease-resistant apple with a crisp flesh and great flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  41. Porter's Perfection is a 19th century English cider variety producing a bittersharp juice.

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    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
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    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  42. 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
  43. A very early disease-resistant golden-green apple with a tart flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  44. 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
  45. A traditional French sweet-flavored dual-purpose apple.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. A high quality early-season apple variety with a notably sweet flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  49. Check pollinators >
    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  50. 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
  51. Spartan produces lots of crimson maroon apples, crunchy, sweet, easy to grow, and a delicate "vinous" flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  52. 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
  53. A high-quality late-season eating apple, with excellent flavor and disease-resistant qualities.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  54. A traditional English cider variety, producing a sweet juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  55. 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
  56. An excellent late-season Cox-style aromatic apple.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  57. 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
  58. 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

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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