Lapins Sweet Cherry

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Lapins Sweet Cherry

Prunus avium ‘Lapins’

Description & Overview

Lapins Sweet Cherry bears large mahogany colored fruits that are sweet and crisp. This variety shows resistance to fruit cracking and to bacterial canker (2 common issues with sweet cherries). It also is one of few sweet cherry varieties that is self-pollinating which makes it an excellent variety for the home grower. It is a popular commercial variety.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 20 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Growth Rate: Fast
Growth Form: Tree
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Well-drained site
Flower: White
Bloom Period: Mid-May
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: N/A
Fruit Notes: Excellent for fresh use.

Suggested Uses:

We offer Lapins Sweet Cherry on a standard rootstock. They will grow to 20′-25′ tall unless height is controlled by proper pruning.

Wildlife Value:

Enjoyed by birds and raccoons.

Maintenance Tips:

Lapins Sweet Cherry is prone to bacterial blight. Do not prune in spring during wet conditions.


Birds (especially robins) can sometimes be an issue when the fruit is nearly ripe. Covering the tree with netting or using scare tactics (hanging shiny metal bird repellent strips in tree) may be necessary to obtain a good crop.

Wisconsin is not a major sweet cherry producing region due to the harsh climate. This cherry tree is successfully being grown in Door county (famous for tart cherry production) and also in S.E. WI. They are not foolproof and will not always produce a nice crop every year. We offer them for sale to those who are willing to take the risk and want to enjoy luscious sweet cherries from their own yard when yearly growing conditions are favorable. Results will be best when planting in a protected site and only planting in areas of zone 5 within the state of Wisconsin.

Leaf Lore:

Lapins Sweet Cherry was developed in British Columbia in 1984 at the Summerland Research Station.

Companion Plants:

This cherry tree is self-pollinating.

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