Malus Louisa

Louisa crab apple blossom
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Fruit colour: Orange

Louisa is one of the best weeping crabapple varieties, and its attractive sweeping shape makes it a good choice as a small feature tree in a lawn or front-garden.

The blossom is light pink, and the small autumn fruits are yellow.

Our 2-year pot-grown trees are likely to produce blossom in the first spring after planting. We sometimes have "top-worked" forms of this variety, grafted on a clean stem to enhance the cascading effect of the weeping branches.

Louisa trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Louisa tree - bare root
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Louisa tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years

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 Louisa 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

Louisa is one of the most disease-resistant of crab apples for the UK climate. Cropping is light by crab-apple standards.

If you wish to have more control over the height at which the branches start to weep, we sometimes have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety. These can be trained up to about 2m or more using a heavy-duty bamboo cane, giving a bit more height than we usually aim for with our container-grown trees. Don't cut the main stem back at the time of planting (as you normally would with a 1-year bare-root tree).


Louisa characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Useful for: Patio growing
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Orange
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Royal Beauty
    Royal Beauty
    Royal Beauty is a compact weeping crab apple with crimson blossom and small crimson berry-like fruitlets.

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.

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