Description & Overview

Evans cherry, Bali cherry and sometimes referred to as Evans/Bali cherry. All 3 names refer to the same variety. A very hardy tart cherry that is excellent for pies, jams and cobblers. Originated in Canada near Edmonton Alberta. Thrives in very cold climates where many other tart cherry varieties fail. Noted for exceptionally high yields.

This plant is no longer in production. The product info remains for informational purposes.

Core Characteristics

Category: Fruit Trees

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 12 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Growth Form: Tree

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Site Requirements: Well drained site

Flower: White

Bloom Period: Early May

Foliage: Green

Fall Color: N/A

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Fruit has bright red skin with yellow flesh. Ripens mid-late July in S.E. WI. Ripens in August in Alberta.

Suggested Uses

N/A

Evans cherry, Bali cherry and sometimes referred to as Evans/Bali cherry. All 3 names refer to the same variety. A very hardy tart cherry that is exce…

Wildlife Value

Much loved by birds and raccoons.

Maintenance Tips

Cherry trees are most commonly pruned to a central leader system. Prune in late winter/early spring while still dormant. Tree will grow to 15′ tall but can be kept lower with proper pruning.

Evans cherry, Bali cherry and sometimes referred to as Evans/Bali cherry. All 3 names refer to the same variety. A very hardy tart cherry that is exce…

Pests/Problems

Like all cherries, birds are the worst pest. Netting the tree or using any scare tactics (Inflated owls, shiny metal strips hung in trees ect) may be necessary to keep the birds at bay.

Leaf Lore

Evans Bali Cherry was a selection from Alberta Canada. A Mr. Evans collected root suckers off the original tree. Bill McKently, who started St. Lawrence Nursery in Potsdam, NY specialized in super cold hardy fruit varieties. He got Evans into the US but re-named it ‘Bali’. However, it now seems to be called ‘Evans’ even in most literature in the U.S. No offense to Bill but Mr. Evans gets the honor of having the tree named for himself.

Some articles list the hardiness to zones 3-9. This is only partly true. In Canada they still sell it from root suckers. However to avoid all the root suckers, most in the U.S. grow on a rootstock. These are cold hardy thru zone 4, and the types you will find at Johnson’s Nursery.

Companion Plants

Evans is self-fertile.

Evans cherry, Bali cherry and sometimes referred to as Evans/Bali cherry. All 3 names refer to the same variety. A very hardy tart cherry that is exce…
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Written by Paul Schwabe