Malus ioenis purpurea ‘Evelyn’ Crab Apple

M. ioensis x M. xpurpurea

Syn: Malus Rubra'

Description: A most spectacular purple leaved form of the ‘Prairie Crab’ with large lobed dark purple leaves that turn a stunning orange-red in autumn. Buds are deep rose red opening to single rose-red to deep rose-red flowers. The fruitlets are of variable colours – green, yellow, red.

History: A hybrid selected by Arie den Boer from a large number of seedlings of M. ioensis at Waterworks Arboretum, Des Moines, IA. Named in 1953 by the introducer for his daughter-in-law.

Malus Growing Tips: Crab Apples are self-fertile, and very useful as pollinators for a variety of fruit trees. Full sun or part shade lover, best grown in fertile, moist, deep, loamy soils. Requires minimal pruning in late winter or spring to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 3m


  • Flowering month: April
  • Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • M Size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Purple / Green
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Replacement prune
  • Autumn colour
  • Scented flowers

Discover these similar varieties…

Malus ‘Barbara’

Crab Apple

Pretty bright pink flower contrasting with purple and rich green leaves followed by small dark purple fruit.

Full Details

Malus ‘Rosehip’

Crab Apple

Large, red, round fruiting form with attractive calyces. Bright red skin with red flesh, white flowers in the spring.

Full Details

Malus trilobata ‘Guardsman’

Crab Apple

Stiffly erect in habit with deeply lobed maple like leaves which turn scarlet-crimson in autumn. large, white flowers in June.

Full Details

Malus ‘Halloween’™

Crab Apple

Yellow-orange crab apples are ribbed in appearance looking like mini pumpkins. Spring flowers are white and semi-double.

Full Details

Follow us on Instagram