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Laura

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.

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Laura crab-apple trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    (80cm)
    Out of stock
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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.

History

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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Useful forCulinary
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourCrimson
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit