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 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.