Golden Hornet produces pink-white blossom in spring, followed by a mass of small yellow fruit which will stay on the tree until late in the year providing a useful colour feature in the garden. The leaves also turn an attractive yellow colour in autumn.
Golden Hornet is an excellent pollinator for most apple varieties, particularly mid and late-flowering varieties, as it produces a lot of blossom over a long period.
The fruits are useful in the kitchen, for crab-apple jelly and a source of pectin for jam-making.
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Malus Golden Hornet is in flowering group 5. Malus Golden Hornet is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.
Like most crab-apples it blooms over a long period and is therefore a good pollinator for other apple and cider-apple varieties flowering at the same time.
Golden Hornet is more susceptible to scab when grown in areas with wet climates than some other crab-apples.
Golden Hornet is was discovered in the UK in the first half of the 20th century. It is possibly a natural cross between Malus sieboldii calocarpa and Malus prunifolia coccinea.
In 2013 Golden Hornet lost its RHS AGM award, which was subsequently given to another yellow-fruited crab-apple, Comtesse de Paris.
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All our trees are grown in the UK.