Spring 2014 - pot-grown fruit treesPot-grown fruit trees are now available, and can be planted out over Easter and throughout April and May. 

Malus Golden Hornet crab apple trees

RHS AGM for Malus Golden Hornet
  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

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.

Order now for delivery week commencing 21st April 2014.

Malus Golden Hornet crab apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - M27 rootstock Patio-trained £28.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year - 12l pot - Semi-vigorous rootstock £28.95 Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries Dec 2013 -March 2014)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Semi-vigorous rootstock 125cm £18.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £19.95 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Malus Golden Hornet

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 5
    A very good pollinator for all late-flowering apple varieties.?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Persistent?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters


Pollination guide for Malus Golden Hornet

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.


Historical details

Thought to come from the UK in the first half of the 20th century. It is possibly a natural cross between Malus sieboldii calocarpa and Malus prunifolia coccinea.


Botanical name

Malus zumi 'Golden Hornet'




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