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To produce fruit ALL fruit trees must have proper pollination from bees and other insects. 

Apples, pears, and sweet cherries must have other different varieties blooming closeby in order for the bees to transport pollen from one bloom to another allowing fruit to be produced.  Many apricots and plums also require cross pollination, although some varieties are self-fertile.  

In general though, peaches and nectarines, and tart cherries are self-fertile and a single variety can stand alone and pollinate itself.

For a more thorough explanation, check out "Pollination Basics" in the Growing Tips section.

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  • Apple Pollination Guide
    If you have several apples blooming throughout the spring season, many of your pollination needs will be met, but if you only grow a couple varieties they should be located on this chart to see if they will be compatible.
  • Asian Pear Pollination Guide
    Asian Pears typically require cross pollination with another asian pear. Use this guide to help you choose compatible varieties.
  • European Pear Pollination Guide
    European pears typically require cross pollination with other european pears. Use this guide to help you choose compatible varieties.
  • Sweet Cherry Pollination Guide
    Many sweet cherries require cross pollination. Use this guide to help you choose compatible varieties. Self-fertile varieties make great cross pollinators if they bloom in close timing with ones requiring pollination.