Fruit trees planting next to same type or spreading out?

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    If you have two or three of one type of fruit tree (or similar) is it better to plant them next to each other (ie in mini groves) or to plant another type of fruit tree next to it and the second and third ones beyond those, ie separated. In a small garden.


    For various factors such as cross pollination etc?
     
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    In terms of cross pollination, you'd think the bees will do a better job if they don't have to fly as far. But it also gives the same proximity advantage to pests that might attack the same fruits.

    There could be companion planting type benefits (like you see in veggie gardens) but I'm not aware of any for fruit trees.

    My orchard plan has different varieties of the same fruit in close proximity, with each fruit type located in the best micro climate. So cherries are not next to the citrus.
     
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    how large a plot? how many trees? if you are looking for
    mass production and making things easier on the labor
    then groups probably make it better. if you are wanting to
    spread things out to avoid possible animal feeding and
    would want a more natural look then alternating or varying
    plantings... the bees will likely find them anywhere.
     
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    For a home garden, very small large enough for only about 5 trees fairly close together.

    No animals or picking considerations.
     
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    doesn't sound like it will matter much then as long as the trees are
    able to cross pollinate. some species and varieties are not compatible
    or have no effect.
     
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