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Malus domestica Laxton's Superb

Apple Laxton's Superb

An historic eating apple which has stood he test of time

A versatile old favourite that dates back to the late Victorian era. This green skinned variety is heavily flushed red and has a sweet flavour - just right enjoyed straight from the tree in late autumn. Also stores well for up to two months.


Happiest in full sun or part shade and moist, rich soil.


Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade compost or well rotted manure are fine. Water your tree occasionally in dry weather until established. To get a crop of apples there needs to be another apple tree nearby which flowers around the same time, to act as a pollinator. This variety is in flowering group 4, so will need a neighbour from flowering group 3, 4 or 5.

Laxton's Superb' was developed in 1897 by Laxton Brothers Nursery in Bedfordshire.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 350 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 335 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - October
Cropping August - October

Typically available

From January to December