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Jelly King®

  • Jelly King crab apple
  • Jelly King crab apple blossom
  • Best seller
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red

Jelly King is aimed particularly at cooks who want to make crab apple jelly - the orange/pink fruits produce an attractive orange jelly.

However Jelly King is more than just a crabapple 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. The large autumn fruits are very pretty, and persist well into December.

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.

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Jelly King crab-apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


How to grow

Jelly King is a relatively vigorous grower but with compact upright proportions. It is also a good pollinator of mainstream apple varieties in flowering groups 2 and 3.



History

Jelly King was developed in New Zealand in the 1970s, and is sometimes known as Mattfru.



Jelly King characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):late September
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):2-3 weeks
    • Food uses:Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Vigorous
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:New Zealand
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Orange / Red