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Sour Cherry, Pie Cherry 'Evans'

Prunus cerasus

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: cerasus (KER-uh-sus) (Info)
Cultivar: Evans


Edible Fruits and Nuts


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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 21, 2015, eroebroek from calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

In my Calgary zone 3 garden I have 4 sour cherries. 2 Evans,one carmine jewel and a crimson passion. Makes pie to die for ! The carmine jewel is a 5 foot shrub giving small fruit .The crimson passion and Evans are very similar growing to 12 foot and bearing lots of fruit . The fruit on the crimson passion being slightly larger .We pit and freeze the cherries for desserts throughout the year . Pie , topping for vanilla ice cream and panna cotta .Let me repeat PIE TO DIE FOR . It is necessary to remove all the fruit from the trees and ground otherwise these teeny tiny flies develop which in following years leave ugly little black spots on the fruit .


On Jan 6, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The fruit is said to be much sweeter than other sour cherry cultivars (P. cerasus). The spring flowers are the equal of any ornamental cherry.

This cultivar is vigorous but naturally semi-dwarf (to 12'). Self-fruitful, and an exceptionally heavy producer. The cultivar is exceptionally winter hardy, and its flowers are exceptionally frost-resistant.

The cultivar name is 'Evans Bali', often called 'Bali' in catalogs.

Popularized by Dr. Ieuan Evans, who rescued it in 1976 from a productive orchard, scheduled for demolition, northeast of Edmonton, AB near Fort Saskatchewan on the Canadian prairies.


On Apr 18, 2009, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

A sour cherry that is hardy through zones 2 and 3. Produces large, bright red, yellow-fleshed, slightly tart fruit. Heavy production after a small number of years; small, single-trunk trees, to ~8 feet (2.4m) here, with slight suckering tendency.