These sour cherry trees thrive in the harsh Alberta climate, despite origins starting over the Atlantic Ocean.
They are a hardy plant and are self-fertile.
The Evans Cherry tree can grow up to 3 to 4 metres tall (12 to 14 feet). It produces lots of fruit, ripened and ready to eat in August. They are smaller than their sweet cherry cousins.
Be warned - the fruit is sour!
If you wait until late summer, when the fruit is deep red, it'll give the natural sugars the best chance to override the citric, malic and tartaric acids present.
But! Their tartness makes them perfect for tarts, pies and jams.
It's what makes them also known as "pie cherry trees".