[nafex] Re: Origin of the Evans

edforest55 at hotmail.com edforest55 at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 11 23:58:50 EDT 2001


Correction:
Mrs Borward got the plants, not seeds, from her neighbors. Sorry 
about that, (I want to be accurate about this in case this 
description is repeated.) 
Kevin B


> I just got off the phone with Dr Evans, so here is more on the 
Evans 
> and its origin (and probable reason that Del heard that it came 
from 
> England):
> 
> Evans cherry
> A Mrs Borward from the Henwood area near Edmonton, Alberta has been 
> growing the Evans since about 1923. She is in her 80's now and says 
> that she got the seeds from her neighbors who got these from 
> the "English" which according to Dr Evans actually 
meant "Americans" 
> and specifically from Minnesota as the Minnesotans largely settled 
> this part of Edmonton. These Minnesotans were probably of either 
> Ukranian or Norwegian decent and had probably been growing this 
> cherry since the late 1800's.
> Dr Evans discovered this cherry in 1976 and slowly but surely got 
> people interested in trying it.
> Some outstanding points of the Evans are:
> The highest yields in MI are about 50 pounds per tree. The Evans 
> produces around 150 pounds per tree!
> It does very well in light soil. Heavy soil it does ok but tends to 
> be winter damaged more.
> Blossoms are not killed by temps as low as five below centigade, 
> which is quite remarkable for a sour cherry.
> Kevin Bradley
> 
> 
> 
> > Del and others interested: 
> > Here are my notes on the origin of the Evans, as per Dr Evans
> > "Probably brought from Minnesota in first place, 100 years ago or 
> so. 
> > It is probably NOT an escapee from the Alberta Tree Nursery".  
(in 
> > the FN and B Inventory it says that it may be that it originally 
> came 
> > from this nursery, this info was supplied by me, later to be 
> learned 
> > that the original Evans cherry probably had nothing to do with 
that 
> > nursery except the coincidence that the original tree was found 
> NEAR 
> > there, growing in someone's yard. Dr Evans believes that it did 
not 
> > get in that person's yard via that nursery but rather elsewhere 
and 
> > most likely circuitously from the Minnesota cherry breeding 
program)
> > BTW, although mahaleb is only hardy to zone 4, mahaleb could be 
> used 
> > as a nurse rootstock, that is a temporary root used while the 
Evans 
> > roots above the graft. (This requires then the  burying the graft 
> > union.) 
> > Kevin B
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > --- In nafex at y..., "del stubbs" <pinewoodel at h...> wrote:
> > > I'm doing some research on the famed evans cherry, was glad to 
> hear 
> > that it 
> > > could be grafted onto mahaleb roots, but the FB&N inventory 
lists 
> > that as 
> > > zone 4.
> > > Jealous? <http://www.marketland.net/ornamentalform.asp>
> > > if I read this right at least Albertans can buy it for $2.90 
> > canadien
> > > and the best price I can find in the states is $16 u.s. (the 
> worst 
> > is 32) 
> > > and the roots were stripped.
> > > I reckon my only answer is to wait a few years till, as Bernie 
> > says,  "from 
> > > root suckers".
> > > My guess is, its down to supply and demand for an unknown 
> product, 
> > that as 
> > > Kevin I believe said, might have come from Minnesota! (I'll 
> pursue 
> > this, one 
> > > source said England)
> > > Canadien?--Canadian?   is one an adjective and one a noun?
> > > Thanks, Mn. del z2/3
> > > 
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