Does anyone know if this sort of thing exists anywhere? I’m trying to make some decisions on fruittrees, and there are just so many varietals of so many species. With my extremely limited space and variety of microclimates, being extremely deliberate is paramount, and before I go ahead and reinvent the wheel to figure out what can pollinate what and when, I was wondering if anyone knows if this sort of thing exists anywhere.
Otherwise, Excel and I are going on a few dates this week.
Clay, shade, neighbor’s Norway maples.....we’ll work it out.
At least for apples, I think they're generally rated on a 5 point scale, going from G1 to G5 with G1 being the earliest to flower and G5 being the latest. Any trees within one "G" of each other can pollinate. So a G4 and a G3 can get frisky together and the G3 and a G2 can make babies but the G2 and the G4 won't be flowering at the same time. Plus any apple trees within "bee range" should help as well. Most apples seem to be G3 or G4...
I learned all this from someone who actually knows so while I bank on it, you may want to double check. But at least you have new terminology to look up as you research. Good luck!
Self fertile fruit trees could be an option also. No need to worry about finding a suitable pollinator, just one tree of each type of fruit can be planted, which can be really nice in small spaces to grow different types of fruit. Usually they seem to be good pollinators too if they are planted with other fruit trees of the same type.
I found this thread about self fertile apples really interesting.