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New apple tree #749880

Asked May 14, 2021, 10:06 AM EDT

Good morning! We just purchased and planted a Honeycrisp apple tree in our back yard. I've read conflicting information about needing another apple tree nearby for cross-pollenating. One source said a tree should be 6-12 inches away, other sources have noted another tree needs to be in "your neighborhood". I was wondering if you could provide any additional information about how close another tree should be - we do have several in our neighborhood that flower at the same time. Will that be sufficient to pollenate our new tree? Thank you! Brent

Faribault County Minnesota

Expert Response

The first website contains a list of apple trees that will pollinate Honey Crisp trees.  Also noted is that any white petal crabapples are likely to be good pollinator partners.

A pollen source should be within 100 feet of the apple tree you plant to ensure the pollen gets to your tree. See website two for additional info on growing apples.

1. https://www.orangepippintrees.com/pollinationchecker.aspx?v=1123

2. https://extension.umn.edu/fruit/growing-apples

Marykay Haas Replied May 14, 2021, 12:41 PM EDT

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