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Jelly King®

Malus
Jelly King has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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.

Jelly King crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £27.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £41.00
    In a 7L pot
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  • 32-year pot-grown tree £47.50
    In a 12L pot
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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
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruit
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Food usesJam / Jelly
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Malus Jelly King crab apple tree

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We list more than 40 different crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.