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Pollination of Rival apple trees

Your Rival apple tree is in flowering group 3. It is partially self-fertile, but a nearby pollination partner of a different variety is beneficial. 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:
    • Semi-dwarf
  2. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  3. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  4. Elstar is an attractive apple with a well-balanced honeyed flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  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. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-standard
  7. One of the most widely-planted McIntosh style apples, Empire has the Mac flavor but improves on it.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  8. A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  9. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  10. 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
  11. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  12. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  13. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  14. 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
    • Semi-dwarf
  15. 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
  16. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Full-size
  17. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  18. 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
  19. Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  20. 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
    • Semi-dwarf
  21. 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
  22. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  23. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  24. Akane is an attractive early-season eating apple with a good pedigree and a sweet/sharp flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Early
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  25. Esopus Spitzenberg is one of the best-flavored American heirloom apples, and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Semi-standard
  26. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Semi-standard
    • Full-size
  27. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Semi-standard
    • Full-size
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Full-size
  32. Developed in Japan, but with all-American parents, Fuji is a very attractive apple with a good sweet flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Very late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  33. 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
  34. Michelin is a traditional French cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Partially self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-standard
  35. 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:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  36. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Full-size
  37. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Full-size
  38. A very hardy north country apple, known both as the Snow Apple and Fameuse, and the probable parent of McIntosh.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  39. A modern disease-resistant variety related to Jonathan and Golden Delicious.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  40. Sweet 16 is a sweet-flavored apple, with good cold hardiness.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  41. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  42. 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
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  43. 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:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Semi-standard
  44. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Full-size
  45. A good quality hardy traditional New England apple which keeps well.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Full-size
  46. A quietly popular apple, similar to Delicious but with a better and more complex flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  47. 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:
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Semi-standard
  48. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  49. Pixie Crunch (TM) is a small modern disease-resistant apple with an superb flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Full-size
  50. 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
  51. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  52. Delicious is one of the most popular red apples, available in both Red and original Hawkeye forms.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Stock availability:
    • Sold-out
  53. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  54. A popular traditional French hard cider variety.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Semi-standard
  55. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  56. A large-fruited cold-hardy crab-apple.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Full-size
  57. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  58. 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
  59. 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
    • Semi-standard
    • Full-size
  60. A large yellow russeted apple with an excellent sweet flavor.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-dwarf
  61. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Semi-standard
    • Semi-standard
  62. 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
  63. Check pollinators >
    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking: Late
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  64. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  65. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  66. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
  67. A traditional English cider variety, producing a sweet juice.

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    • Pollination:
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Not self-fertile
    • Picking:
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
  68. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf
    • Semi-dwarf
    • Full-size
  69. 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
    • Available rootstocks:
    • Dwarf

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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