Golden Hornet Crab Apple, Large Trees

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General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Pollinator, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Yellow/Gold
Fruiting Mid Season Fruiting
Type Native, Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering Apr, May

Malus x zumi Golden Hornet (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £74.95Out of Stock£62.45Out of Stock£58.30
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £104.15Sold out for the season£87.00Sold out for the season£78.70
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Malus Golden Hornet: Bareroot Golden Hornet Crab Apple Trees in Standard Sizes

Golden Hornet gets its name from the honey yellow crab apples, which stay on the branches well into winter. These are excellent for jelly making (which is golden) or pressing into cider, although Butterball is slightly better in that the fruit can be stored for longer before use. The flowers open in spring from bright pink buds: most will be pure white, some will keep a pink blush.

They are one of the best pollinators for apple orchards; along with the likes of John Downie, they have an especially long flowering period that covers almost all apple pollination groups. To 7 metres.

Browse our variety of crab apple trees or our full range of trees.

Delivery season: Crab apple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 7m
  • Soil: Any well drained
  • Use: Edible fruit, small gardens, urban, large containers
  • One of the two best orchard pollinators
  • Ideal for jelly & adding to cider
  • Colour: White flowers, touched with pink, in April-May
  • Former RHS AGM holder
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Golden Hornet Crab Apples

Any well drained soil. Full sun is ideal if you plan to harvest the fruit, otherwise partial shade is fine. Tolerant of pollution.

If scab is a problem in your area, consider using the highly disease resistant Red Sentinel.

Did You Know?

This tree was bred in 1948 by J Waterer & Sons Nursery. The records do not survive, but the ancestors are thought to be Malus prunifolia rinki / coccinea crossed with M. sieboldii calocarpa, which led to a variety called Wintergold, of which Golden Hornet is an improved version.

It is a former RHS AGM holder; there is no easy reference source for why the award is removed, but it is usually because a slightly better and very similar cultivar receives it.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

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    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


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  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


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  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


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    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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