Order now for December 2019We are accepting orders for December delivery, but please read our Brexit statement.  More>
EU flagOrange Pippin EU logo

Laura

  • 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.

Malus

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)


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

  • 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