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Louisa

Louisa crab apple blossom

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 crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £40.95
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
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Deliveries from16th April (where items shown in stock).


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).

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.

Louisa characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitWeeping
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Crimson Cascade
    Malus x purpurea
    Crimson Cascade
    A new weeping crab-apple with dusky pink blossom and small dark red fruitlets.
  • See also Royal Beauty
    Malus
    Royal Beauty
    Royal Beauty is a compact weeping crab apple with crimson blossom and small crimson berry-like fruitlets.

What will it look like?

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.

Malus Louisa crab apple tree

How to choose a crab-apple tree

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.