Pollinating Apple Tree?

So I'm thinking about getting an apple tree. Does the tree need to be pollinated to grow apples? I don't think there is any other apple trees within 5 miles of me, will the fruit still grow? (I don't understand the biology of fruit trees very much)

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Most apple trees will not fruit without being cross-pollinated by another apple tree of the right group - some are described as self-fertile but still fruit better when they have a pollination partner.  

    Here is a list of trees and which other apples are in the right group to pollinate them.

    http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/Apple-Tree-Pollination 

    and if you scroll down there's loads more information for you. image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,199

    Dove's right, you'll need a pair of them - I've used the website she has posted and it is good once you get your head round the code system!  I think the other alternative is to plant an apple tree with a crab apple, as that will also pollinate anything (think that gets mentioned on the same site, coz otherwise I don't know where I would have picked that fact up).

    Well worth getting one though - they are trees with real character image

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