Malus Jelly King® Crab apple trees

  • Best seller
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Pollination partners

Jelly King is aimed particularly at cooks who want to make crab apple jelly - the orange/pink fruits produce a jelly of the same colour.

However Jelly King is more than just a crab apple jelly specialist, it is actually a great all-round crab apple. The white flowers are borne in profusion and provide an intense and long-lasting display in spring whilst in autumn the large fruits are particularly attractive too, and persist well into December (although unlike other persistent crab apples birds tend not to go for them).

Once the tree is a few years old it becomes a heavy-cropper so even if you pick some for the kitchen there will still be plenty to provide autumn colour on the tree.

Malus Jelly King® is a protected variety.

Malus Jelly King crab apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Semi-vigorous rootstock  125cm 24.00

    Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

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

    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 Jelly King

    Growing

    • Gardening skill: Average?
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fertility: Self-fertile?
    • Flowering group: 3?
    • Pollinating others: Good?
    • Ploidy: Diploid?
    • Vigour: Large?
    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Fruit persistence: Persistent?
    • Attractive blossom
    • Attractive fruit
    • Overall disease resistance: Good?
    • Organic / no-spray culture?

    Uses

    Identification

    • Country of origin: New Zealand
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Blossom colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Under-rated?

    Climate

    • Planting position: Full sun preferred

    Pollination guide for Malus Jelly King

    Malus Jelly King is in flowering group 3. Malus Jelly King 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 Jelly King crab apple trees

    Jelly King is a relatively vigorous grower but with compact upright proportions.

    Historical details

    Developed in New Zealand in the 1970s, sometimes known as Mattfru.

    Malus Jelly King® is a protected variety.

    Botanical name

    Malus 'Jelly King'