Spring 2015We have pot-grown fruit trees available for delivery March-May 2015. 

Malus Golden Hornet crab apple trees

  • 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 30th March 2015 onwards.

Malus Golden Hornet crab apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

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

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - March 2015)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Semi-vigorous rootstock  125cm £18.45 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.

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Summary features of Malus Golden Hornet


  • 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?


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


  • 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.

How to grow Malus Golden Hornet crab apple trees

Golden Hornet is more susceptible to scab when grown in areas with wet climates than some other crab-apples.

Historical details

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.

Botanical name

Malus x zumi var. calocarpa 'Golden Hornet'

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