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Purpurea Evelyn crab-apple

Malus ioensis
Purpurea Evelyn
Malus Purpurea Evelyn is a purple-leaved form of the Prairie crab.

Purpurea Evelyn crab-apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Purpurea Evelyn

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Malus species - Crab-apple


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Flowering month: April
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Long
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour: Dark purple
    • Flesh colour: Pink / Red
    • Flower size: Large
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves and Flowers appear together


    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Culinary


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Height after 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Growth rate: Fast
    • Attractive features: Attractive foliage
    • Attractive features: Scented flowers
    • Soil type: Clay


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Poor
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very susceptible
    • Cedar apple rust: Very susceptible

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