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Cherries almost a staple, it seems

Monday, 14th November, 2011

HAVE A CHERRY: Phil Neal at home in Boughtman Street with his grandson Crawford (2). HAVE A CHERRY: Phil Neal at home in Boughtman Street with his grandson Crawford (2).

A recent story in the BDT about a local man’s cherry tree has drawn cherry growers out of the woodwork.

Milton Hawke said in the article that he thought that he might have grown the first ever crop of the fruit in Broken Hill.

Since then more than a dozen people have come forward to say they have grown the trees for years.

Southsider Phil Neal is one of them. Mr Neal said he’d had a tree for four years.

“I put in a cherry tree but it died so I got one grafted from two cherry trees; a dark and a light tree,” he said.

Last year he produced a good crop but a pruning might have slowed its growth this year, he said. He also grows plum, apples and mandarins.

The BDT also received a letter from a woman who said her husband planted a cherry tree in the early 1990s. 

“It produced fruit fairly quickly and continued to do so until Broken Hill had to deal with that particularly bad water some years back which subsequently killed the tree,” she wrote. 

“We thought at the time those cherries may have been the first successfully grown here.

“Interestingly the tree’s location was about two metres from the supersize-producing Granny Smith apple that the BDT ran the picture of this year; obviously a good spot for fruit trees.”

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