Autumn 2020Order now for delivery from w/c 2nd November (pot grown) or December (for bare-root).
Pippin Trees banner logoChoose from over 280 flowering cherries, crab apples, rowans and other ornamental trees.

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.

Jelly King crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £25.00
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
    Alert me
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from 2nd November for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in 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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruit
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Food usesJam / Jelly
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • 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.