[NAFEX] evans-bali cherry

Douglas Woodard dwoodard at becon.org
Sun Jul 24 17:08:22 EDT 2011

Ernest, Bill Mackentley makes it pretty clear in his catalogue listing


that "Bali" is Evans.

He also states that his Bali trees as sold are considerably smaller than 
his other "pie cherries," which sounds to me as if they are grown from 
tissue cultured plants while his others are grafted.

To Steve:

Articles which can be found on the internet state that Evans/Bali does 
best on the Canadian Prairies on soil which is "not too fertile" and 
there are suggestions that on rich moist soil it may not be as 
cold-hardy. If you are interested, search on "Evans cherry."

There are also statements that many attempts have been made to grow 
seedlings of Evans and that they are generally inferior in both quality 
and cold-hardiness. The reason that Evans was only grown from suckers 
until tissue culture was commercialized is apparently that there was no 
conveniently available rootstock that was hardy enough and reliably 

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

On 7/24/2011 4:09 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
> Maybe he took the tissue from an Evans cherry tree which came from
> Canada.  There seems to be some confusion over this cherry.
> ---- Original Message ----
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> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] evans-bali cherry
> Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:50:32 -0400
>> Actually, it's the other way around. The name Bali came from Bill
>> Mackentley at St Lawrence Nurseries. He sold them only as tissue
>> cultured trees. I talked him into selling me one the year before they
>> were big enough to list in his catalog. I watched Bill dig it up
>> myself
>> and we walked back to the building with him cupping the roots in his
>> hands until he could wrap it properly.
>> My tree grew well. When it got big enough to flower I found that most
>> of
>> the flower buds were dead every spring. I never got more than a hand
>> full of cherries a year. Also it would put out a foot (more or less)
>> of
>> new growth full of new buds. In the spring all the buds would be dead
>> except the terminal buds and a few scattered flower buds. Lots of
>> long
>> skinny branches with new growth on the tips only. One August, the
>> leaved
>> turned yellow and fell a good month early. It was dead. This is
>> how a previous North Star cherry behaved, dying a couple of years
>> before
>> I planted the Bali. Both died after the trunk was about 4 inches in
>> diameter.
>> I sometimes wonder if the North Star left some disease in the soil
>> and
>> maybe I should try a Bali again in a different location.
>> Mine never produced a single sucker. I would have assumed that the
>> ones
>> that suckered were NOT own rooted. Maybe not.
>> Steve..... cold zone 4 in the central Adirondacks
>> On 7/24/2011 12:51 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
>>> Are the suckers from the grafted root?  I understand Bali is
>> grafted
>>> and Evans are the original non-grafted trees.  I never had a
>> sucker.
>>> Maybe I can buy a few sucker from you?  The cherries are very good
>>> eating.


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