Evans Bali Cherry

Prunus cerasus ‘Evans’

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.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 15′
Mature Spread: 12′
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
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:


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.


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.