Malus ioensis Purpurea Evelyn

Malus Purpurea Evelyn blossom
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Leaf colour: Dark purple
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow

Malus 'Evelyn' is an attractive purple-leaved form of the native American Prairie Crab.

The leaves are unusually large, purple in the spring, turning a fiery red in the autumn. The large dark pink flowers have a characteristic fragrance.

The fruitlets are of variable colours - green, yellow, red. They are larger than those of many other purple or bronze-leaved crab apples, but still not really large enough for crab-apple jelly. Also, the fruiting tends to be a bit too light for serious jelly production.

Malus 'Evelyn' is a hybrid crab-apple, related to the species Malus ioensis, a crab-apple which used to be native to the mid-west of North America. Malus ioensis is often known as the Prairie Crab, but is now rarely found growing wild. Malus 'Evelyn' inherits two of the key features of the Prairie Crab, its scented blossom, and the large tri-lobed leaf shape.

Purpurea Evelyn trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Purpurea Evelyn tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
2-year Purpurea Evelyn tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years

How to grow

Malus Evelyn has a poor reputation in the USA where it originates, on account of its great susceptibility to fireblight, a disease which is widespread in many areas of North America. Fortunately this disease is rarely encountered in the UK.

Purpurea Evelyn characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive foliage Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Disease resistance: Poor
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Some needed


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves and Flowers appear together
  • Leaf colour: Dark purple
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators

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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