Malus Laura

  • Laura crab-apple fruitlets
  • Laura crab-apples
  • Laura crab-apple blossom
  • Best seller
  • Flower colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate

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 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 trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 16th December (where items shown in stock)

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year (80cm) Laura tree - bare root
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Laura tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Laura tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Malus Laura crab apple tree

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

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 characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Vigour: Natural dwarf
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Beginner


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food uses: Jam / Jelly

Similar varieties

  • See also Aros
    Malus toringo
    A small slow-growing upright crab-apple, with bronze-green leaves, beautiful dark pink flowers with white centres, and maroon fruits in the autumn.

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We have a very wide range of crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.