I am running out of space for fruit trees - apples, pears, plums - in one location but have some more space a few tens of metres away, with a large hedge separating the two areas.

To what extent does distance between two pollination partners impact pollination and what distances are considered normal/desirable?

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    This can depend on the plant. For example, I have 3 fenale native (US) hollies planted 200m from their male pollinator and they routinely set fruit (they're non-wind pollinated). What fruit trees are you asking about?
    – Jurp
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 17:15
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    It depends whether they are pollinated by wind or insects. For example honey bees typically forage up to 2 miles from the hive. Studies of solitary wild bee species have recorded distances between 100 and 1200 meters from the nest for different species.
    – alephzero
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 17:43
  • added a bit of detail
    – Mr. Boy
    Commented Oct 6, 2020 at 8:30

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I'd recommend planting them within 100 ft, ideally closer to 50 ft for better pollination!

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