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Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet' (Golden Hornet Crab Apple) - 9L Pot

Code: TR0166
Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet' (Golden Hornet Crab Apple) - 9L Pot
Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet' (Golden Hornet Crab Apple) - 9L Pot

Malus 'Golden Hornet' is a heavy-fruiting tree which produces distinctive golden yellow fruits, which remain throughout autumn and into winter. As with all crab apples, 'Golden Hornet' is very popular with bees, and thus will bring more pollinators into your garden, which is a blessing if you have other apple trees. 'Golden Hornet' is especially good as a pollinator for all apple trees, and flowers throughout the pollination season, which gives it more chance to pollinate more trees. The fruits of this tree can sometimes be eaten fresh, although they can be sour. They are better stewed and used as jams, as they have high levels of pectin, which helps with the setting of jam.


  • Flower Colour: white, flushed pink in spring
  • Foliage Colour: green in summer, orange/yellow in autumn
  • Approx. Growth Height: 4-4.5m, less on light soils
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Tree is approx. 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: spring (April - May)
  • Harvesting Period: November
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Self pollinating: yes - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Uses: cooking, jams
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered, exposed
  • Rate of Growth: max. height in 5-10 years
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects


  • Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: clay, loamy, sandy
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertiliser in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.


  • Planting Distance: 4.5m apart with 6m between rows

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 4.5 and 7.8 in a sheltered, full sun or partial shade location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.


  • Pollination Group: 5 (self-pollinating)
Crab apple trees are primarily used as ornamental tress and the vast majority, this tree included, are self-fertile. This means that it will produce fruit without another apple tree nearby. However, they do have a secondary use as they can pollinate other apple trees which are not self-fertile. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. Use the pollination groups as a guide to pick a crab apple tree that will pollinate other dessert/cooking apple trees.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if the tree is planted near another apple tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 5 would be one in group 4, 5 or 6).

Crab Apple Benefits

Crab apple trees are usually grown as ornamental trees. They have stunning large blossoms in spring, foliage that goes from green to golden red/brown, and attractive small fruits in autumn. Bees will be drawn to the blossom, whilst birds will flock to the tree in autumn to feast on its fruits. We are slightly fussier than birds though, so crab apples are very rarely eaten raw. This is due to their unpalatable sour taste and small size. However, they can be used to create a delicious crab apple jelly.

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This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 1.0/5 (1 review)

Rating: 1/5

"The tree I bought was not ready to be sold, it had recently been potted up and had no new root growth it was nothing more than a bare rooted tree put into a bag with some compost, if selling a tree in that condition it should have been in a rigid pot"

Reviewed Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Primrose says: "Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were not impressed with the condition of your plant. We endeavour to make it clear on the product's page that the plant arrives in a polypot, not a rigid pot. If you ever receive a damaged or faulty item please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help."

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