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Golden Hornet crab-apple

Golden Hornet
Malus Golden Hornet has pink / white blossom then small yellow crab apples which hang on late in the year.

Golden Hornet crab-apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Golden Hornet

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • a Bear in TOOLANGI, VIC
    • Bec in Coleraine, VICTORIA
    • Neville in Tea Tree Gully, SA

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2019 season

    • 4th May  2019  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

    2018 season

    • 13th October  2018  - tree owned by Bec in Coleraine, Australia

    2017 season

    • 19th October  2017  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia
    • 19th April  2017  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

    2015 season

    • 2nd May  2015  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • 3rd May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom

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    • Species: Malus species - Crab-apple


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 1999


    • Picking season: Very late
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Persistent
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses (ornamental plants): Jam / Jelly


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 5 A very good pollinator for all late-flowering apple varieties.
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Height after 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Growth rate: Average
    • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading / Vase Can grow in a somewhat ungainly fashion.


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
    • Fire blight: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

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