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Buy Malus 'Laura' crab apple: An upright crab apple for smaller spaces

This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This is a very pretty, dwarf crab apple, that makes an excellent addition to smaller gardens. In spring, it produces a mass of dark pink flowers which emerge from carmine red buds, just as the dark purple leaves appear. As the leaves age they change to a dark green before a show of autumn colour. From late summer, large red fruits are produced which can remain well into winter and make a lovely red crab apple jelly. Perfect for a small garden or large pot.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Removed dead, diseased and crossing branches while the tree is dormant.

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What size plant pot would I need to plant this crab apple in to keep it on a patio?

Tommy

It depends if you are planting it for the long term or potting it up in stages, but for the long term, I would aim to plant it into the largest pot you can find - say at least 60cm in diameter and nice and deep. It will also need to be kept well fed and watered.

Helen

When is the best time to plant.?

Jim

Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. This tree is full hardy so can be planted now weather permitting. I hope this helps.

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