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Jelly King®

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-year maiden bare-root tree 33.95
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping2-3 weeks
  • Useful forCulinary
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge