Lapins Cherry Tree

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Large, Juicy Sweet Cherries Lapins Cherry Tree!

  • Large, Sweet Deep-Red to Purple Fruit
  • Juicy & Sweet Flavor!
  • Firm & Plump Fruit
  • Beautiful Ornamental Frilly White Flowers!
  • Gorgeous Spring, Summer & Fall Display!
  • Great Fall Color!
  • Harvest Mid-Late Summer
  • Self-Fruitful - Pollinates Other Cherry Cultivars
  • Resists Splitting
  • Baking, Preserves, Canned, Frozen & Fresh Eating!
  • 800-900 Chill Hours
  • Royal Horticultural Society Award Winner

The Lapins Cherry is an incredible cross between the Van and Stella Cherry. It produces some of the largest and juiciest sweet Cherries and provides multi-seasonal interest.

In early in the season, your Lapins Cherry (Prunus avium 'Lapins') will be smothered in brilliant white blossoms. Pollinators will be arriving in droves to the display!

Then, midseason, you'll be delighted by an abundance of sweet, large, dark red to purple fruit with light red flesh. You'll be pleased to learn that these have been bred to resist splitting. You'll love this fruit!

Finally, in the autumn, your Lapins Cherry tree develops beautiful orange, red, and yellow fall colors. With great branching structure even in winter, these are handsome year-round!

The Lapins fruit is firm and so big that one cherry is a mouthful. The flavor is divine, incredibly juicy, and sweet. They are delicious right off the tree in mid-late summer, and wonderful for a wide range of uses!

What a tree!

How to Use Lapins Cherry Tree In The Landscape

Lapins Cherry Trees are precocious, which means they bear fruit at a young age, so you won't have long to wait for your first harvest! These high-quality trees begin fruiting around 3 - 5 years of age.

Be one of the first on the block to use dual-purpose edible landscaping by using ornamental plants that also provide healthy food for your family!

Picturesque as a specimen tree, or shade your patio or seating areas with the lovely foliage, Lapins fits into any sized garden!

Shade your garden beds and accent larger planting sites, or plant one outside your window so you can view your tree as it shows off spring, summer and fall! You’ll not want to miss a moment!

The firm, juicy fruit is fantastic in a wide range of uses; fresh eating right off the tree, still warmed by the sun, baked into juicy pies and pastries, made into preserves and jams, or frozen for later use! You’re friends and family won’t mind helping you use your harvest each year either!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees all do their absolute best in full sun! Provide your tree at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and plant in a site with great air circulation.

Plus, Lapins is cold hardy down to USDA hardiness zone 5-9! Mulch the root ball well to provide increased insulation from heat and cold, and to also maintain consistent soil moisture.

Fruit trees need consistent moisture and waterings, so protect your investment in times of drought by watering regularly. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.

Cherry trees are widely adaptable to a broad range of soil types, but they prefer moist, well-drained soil for the best tasting, largest fruit. Neutral pH, on the ever so slightly acidic side between 6-7, is also best.

You can prune Lapins trees to control size to any height for easier harvest. Lapin’s compact habit makes it easy to maintain the tree's height for making bird netting a breeze. Try your hand at pruning your tree in Espalier form!

Lapins Cherry Tree is self-fruitful and does not require a pollinator to set fruit in most regions. They are considered the number one pollinator for the Bing in most areas and are great universal pollinators for other Cherry varieties.

We run out of this variety every year, so order yours at today!

Lapins Cherry Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Lapins Cherry Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems, and will often set fruit in their second or third years.

How Fast Do Lapins Cherry Trees Grow?

Cherry trees are medium growth rate plants and once they are established they can add 12-18 inches per year or so if given the ideal growing conditions.

Where do Lapins Cherry Trees Grow Best?

Cherry trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more. Morning sun is a plus and planting any fruit tree where there is good air circulation keeps the plants stress-free.

Do You Need 2 Cherry Trees to Produce Fruit?

All Prunus varieties have different requirements to set fruit. Lapins is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with a partner that flowers at the same time.

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Lapins Cherry Trees be Planted?

Bareroot cherry trees are best planted in the spring but container-grown cherry trees can be successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season as long as the ground isn’t frozen and they are carefully watered as needed. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

How Do I Find Lapins Cherry Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for cherry trees at online fruit tree nursery. You’ll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely cherry tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it’s backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren’t sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Lapins Cherry is the Universal Pollinator

This is another important cherry introduction from the renowned Agricultural Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia.

Lapins originated as a select seedling from a cross of Van cherry with Stella cherry in 1965. The original cross was done by Dr K.O. Lapins, the breeder at Summerland from 1957 to 1974. Dr. Lapins is credited with a focus on introducing self-fruitfulness into the cherry. His earliest success was with the very popular Stella cherry, introduced as one of the first self-fruitful sweet cherry varieties in the mid 1960's.

Early tests conducted by Lapins and H. Schmid showed many desirable qualities, including: self-fruitfulness, hardiness, resistance to late freezes, resistance to rain splitting (cracking), as well as exceptionally large, high quality fruit.

Introduced commercially in 1984, it quickly became one of the most important cherry varieties grown. It has proven invaluable to the home gardener, first as a primary high-quality cherry for the smaller backyard, second as the perfect recommendation for cherry varieties that need a companion pollinator.


Lapins Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus avium 'Lapins'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Mid-season
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes