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Golden Hornet Apple on MM.111 (Spring 2024)


A beautiful yellow crabapple that makes an excellent pollenizer.

This tree is small to medium sized, upright-spreading, and hardy. A very productive tree, it is resistant to scab but susceptible to fireblight. Golden Hornet is also self-fertile and an excellent pollenizer.

Golden Hornet is a popular choice for landscaping; its neat tapering shape, lavish bloom, and huge crops of conspicuous yellow fruits have made it a favorite. It is also widely planted among fruiting apple trees because its long-lasting display of white flowers is a prolific source of pollen for other late-blooming trees. One of the best of all the crabs, its branches bend under the weight of the fruit, which are excellent for jam and juice, or may be left on the tree where they will hang through the fall into winter.

Golden Hornet is a crabapple suspected to be from 19th century England and a possible chance seedling of Malus sieboldii var. Zumi. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded it their prestigious First Class Certificate in 1961.

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This tree is small to medium sized, upright-spreading, and hardy. A very productive tree, it is resistant to scab but susceptible to fireblight. Golden Hornet is also self-fertile and an excellent pollenizer.

Golden Hornet is a popular choice for landscaping; its neat tapering shape, lavish bloom, and huge crops of conspicuous yellow fruits have made it a favorite. It is also widely planted among fruiting apple trees because its long-lasting display of white flowers is a prolific source of pollen for other late-blooming trees. One of the best of all the crabs, its branches bend under the weight of the fruit, which are excellent for jam and juice, or may be left on the tree where they will hang through the fall into winter.

Golden Hornet is a crabapple suspected to be from 19th century England and a possible chance seedling of Malus sieboldii var. Zumi. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded it their prestigious First Class Certificate in 1961.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Crabapple, Heirloom, Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: possibly a chance seedling of Malus sieboldii var. Zumi
Origin: England
Introduced in: 1800s
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Sep 08 (approximate, in New York State) 7 days before McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: MM.111 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (85% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 24'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Susceptible
Apple Scab: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (85% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Golden Hornet Apple on MM.111. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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