apple tree polinators

Asked July 20, 2020, 10:33 AM EDT

Last fall we planted a Cortland Apple tree, a Haralred and a SnowSweet. We live 80 miles from the Twin Cities. Will these trees polinate each other or do we need a different variety? Only one of the trees had blossoms this spring and none of the trees have any apples on them.


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Thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Here is the response from Annie Klodd, Extension Educator - Fruit and Vegetable Production.....

Apples are not particular about what variety pollinates them. Any of those varieties can be used to successfully pollinate each other. Even ornamental crabapples can be used to pollinate apple trees. The reason the trees are not producing flowers or fruit yet is because the trees are still very young. Expect the trees to take anywhere between 2-7 years to begin producing flowers and fruit. If you purchased dwarf trees, they will fruit sooner (2-3 years after planting) and if you planted semi-dwarf or standard-sized trees, then they will take more like 5-7 years to begin fruiting.

Hope this helps.