Select a fruit type and variety in the drop-down lists below and click "Find Pollination Partners". You will then get a list of the compatible varieties.
All fruit trees need to be pollinated in order to carry fruit. Cross pollination happens when two different fruit trees of compatible varieties are in flower at the same time and insects are present to move the pollen between them. By and large, fruit trees should not be planted in exposed and windy locations, or at high altitude (above about 600ft to be safe), because the bees that do most of the pollination work find it hard to fly in these conditions. At the other end of the scale, an orchard is an ideal place for a beehive.
Two fruit trees of the same group may be in flower at the same time, yet not be compatible, as parentage also plays a role. The fertility "window" of some varieties is also very limited: our tool takes all of these into account for you.
Sterile trees are known as triploid. The best known of these is probably the Bramley cooking apple. It can only be fertilised; it fertilises nothing in return. Therefore, if you are growing one triploid fruit tree, you will need two other varieties to ensure pollination for all three trees.
Some fruit trees are described as "self-fertile". This is to varying degrees. Most plums are perfectly self fertile, while almost no apples and maybe two pears truly are: they will crop noticeably better when they are cross-pollinated by another variety. But if you only have room for one apple tree, they will be alright. Malus sylvestris Crab Apples will pollinate apple trees, and they are a common ornamental tree all over the UK.
The tool above does all the work for you, but if you like seeing all the trees laid out in a colour coded table, these will make your day: