Golden Hornet crab apple trees

Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet'

Malus Golden Hornet
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Cooking

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 color feature in the garden. The leaves also turn an attractive yellow color in the fall.

Golden Hornet is an excellent pollinator for most apple varieties, particularly mid and late-blooming 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.

Golden Hornet crab apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Golden Hornet crab apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
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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.

Golden Hornet characteristics


  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fruit persistence: Persistent


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Yellow
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