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  • Laura crab-apple fruitlets
  • Laura crab-apples
  • Laura crab-apple blossom

Laura is a dwarf crabapple variety which grows with a compact upright fastigiate habit. It is therefore a good choice if you are looking for a slow-growing columnar crab-apple that will not take up much space in the garden.

The young leaves are bronze when they emerge, and the blossom is dark pink with lighter centres.

The maroon-coloured fruits are large and persistent. Their size makes Laura an excellent choice for crab-apple jelly - and the red flesh lends a pretty red tint. Although it remains a small tree, once established you should achieve a yield of 2kg of crab apples or more in good conditions, which will produce about 800ml after cooking, suitable for further processing into deep red jelly or sauce.


Laura crab-apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Laura is a naturally dwarf slow-growing crab apple variety and the mature height will usually be around 2m-3m. It is easy to grow, and has good disease resistance.


Laura was developed in the late 20th century by UK fruit tree enthusiast Hugh Ermen, who also raised a number of successful garden apple varieties.

Laura characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Food uses:Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Vigour:Natural dwarf
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit