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Purpurea Evelyn

Malus Purpurea Evelyn blossom

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.

Purpurea Evelyn crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £54.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).

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.


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 characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourPink - dark
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Leaf colour - summerDark purple
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves and Flowers appear together
  • Fruit colourGreen / Yellow
  • Growth rateFast
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators

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.