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.
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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).
After a while you may notice the branches grow long enough to start trailing on the ground. If you don't like this you can prune the branches back by about 30cm on a mild day in the winter.
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
Approximate girth: 6/8cm.
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.
We list more than 40 different 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.