Malus Jelly King®
- Best seller
- Flower colour: White
- Leaf colour: Green
- Growth habit: Upright
- 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.
Jelly King was developed in New Zealand in the 1970s, and is sometimes known as Mattfru.
Jelly King trees for sale
1-year Jelly King tree - bare root
2-year Jelly King tree - in a 12L pot
What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
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.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
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.
Jelly King characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive flowers Attractive fruit
- Growth habit:
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Flower colour:
- Leaf colour:
- Fruit colour:
Orange / Red
- Fruit size:
- Annual cycle:
- Fruit persistence:
RHS perfect for pollinators
How to choose a crab-apple tree
We have a very wide range of 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.