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Lapins Cherry Tree
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    Lapins Cherry Tree

     
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    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 15-50 ft.
    Botanical: Prunus avium ‘Lapins’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ, CA, ID, WA, LA

    Huge Harvests of the Sweetest Cherries


    If you want to grow the most cherries per tree for a bountiful harvest, you can’t make a better choice than planting Lapins Cherry. (Prunus avium ‘Lapins’) The cherries are not only borne in profusion, but they may be the sweetest cherries you’ve ever tasted!

    Award-Winning Taste
    Some cherries that are classified as “sweet” don’t really taste all that sweet. Although “sweet” is a subjective description that’s based on personal preference, nobody who bites into a Lapins Cherry would doubt its true sweetness. In fact, plant researchers at Oregon State University put this cherry to the test – a taste-test that was evaluated by almost 200 participants. Lapins Cherry was overwhelmingly preferred over Bing Cherry, which had been the market industry leader for sweet cherries. In another evaluation, Lapins Cherry’s flavor sweetness profile was shown to include almost 20 percent sugar – now that’s a sweet cherry!

    Beyond the Taste
    Taste is probably your biggest consideration for buying a cherry tree, but you’ll also enjoy this tree’s other characteristics:

    Fertile. If you want to harvest fruit from many other types of cherry trees, you’ll have to plant two trees so the flowers can be cross-pollinated. But “self-fertile” trees, such as Lapins Cherry, are different. Only one tree will bear fruit without needing the pollen from another tree to fertilize its flowers.

    Heavy yields. Superior taste is good, but if sweet-tasting cherries were only produced in few numbers on a tree, you’d be disappointed. You can put aside your disappointment, because Lapins Cherry trees bear fruit in big clusters, which cover the trees, and each large cherry is typically 1 inch in diameter. Lapins Cherry produces so much fruit per tree that it earned the classification from field-testing trials as “an exceptionally heavy producer” by the University of California. Mature trees can yield up to 50 quarts of cherries.

    Crack-resistant fruit. One problem that other cherry trees face is the susceptibility of their fruits to crack and split when it rains. A tree’s roots take up water and move it throughout the plant. Any excess water that collects in the cherries creates pressure that can cause the cherry skins to burst, a common deficiency of other cherry trees. Lapins Cherry was specifically bred to be resistant to rain-induced splitting.

    Irresistible Season-Long Color
    In its perennial range across USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 8, Lapins Cherry trees provide three full seasons of color. In springtime, the trees explode into bloom with profuse white flowers. Trees are size-proportionate for smaller landscapes, with a mature height of around 15 feet and a width of around 10 feet. And because you only need one Lapins Cherry tree to produce fruit, you won’t have to crowd two trees into a small yard to grow cherries. When the cherries form, the green canopy of your Lapins Cherry tree is dotted with mahogany-red fruit, which adds pops of color. And in autumn, you’re in for another color treat – the leaves turn to shades of brilliant-yellow for a final show of color.

    An Edible Landscaping Gem
    You’ll plant Lapins Cherry for its luscious cherries, but you’ll also enjoy its ornamental landscape value. The concept of “edible landscaping” is how you incorporate the benefits of “edible” (cherries) with “ornamental” (colorful flowers, fruit, and fall color) into the landscape. For example, consider planting Lapins Cherry as the anchor plant in a sunny perennial bed. Plan the bed so that as Lapins Cherry changes from white (flowers) to green (leaves) to red (cherries) and finally to yellow (fall foliage), perennials with complementary colors to these seasonal transitions are planted around it. Lapins Cherry won’t grow too tall to incorporate into a cozy cottage garden, and it also excels as a focal-point specimen plant. If you really want your landscape to come alive, plant a row of Lapins Cherry trees along your property line as a living fence that is awash in color all season long!

    A Perfect Pollenizer for Other Cherry Trees
    Although Lapins Cherry doesn’t need the pollen from another cherry tree to help it set fruit, it is a wonderful pollenizer for other cherry trees that do need a little help. (A pollenizer is simply a plant that lends its pollen to fertilize the flowers of other plants; a pollinator is the agent that transmits the pollen, such as an insect or the wind.) In fact, Lapins Cherry was originally bred as a superior pollenizer for other cherry trees. But plant breeders made a surprising discovery – this new cherry tree could not only pollinate other trees, but it was also a prolific producer of its own fruits! So if you have another type of cherry tree that doesn’t bear much fruit, plant a Lapins Cherry tree and put it to work for you. You’ll get a double harvest – cherries from your self-fruitful Lapins Cherry tree and cherries from your other tree that needs a little pollen help from Lapins to set its fruit!

    Cherry Trees that are Pollinated by Lapins Cherry:
    1. Bing Cherry Tree
    2. Black Tartarian Cherry Tree
    3. Montmorency Cherry Tree
    4. Rainier Cherry Tree
    5. Stella Cherry Tree
    6. Royal Ann Cherry Tree

    Cherries for Your Health
    Cherries have always been a favorite fruit, but research has revealed there is more to this antioxidant fruit than mere flavor. Cherries are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium – just to name a few health benefits. And even the National Institutes of Health report that sweet cherries, such as Lapins Cherries, have potential preventive qualities that may prohibit the development of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

    Add These Appetizing Cherries to Your Diet Today
    You’ll want to eat these sweet cherries right off the tree, so go ahead and indulge! But you can incorporate these nutrient-packed fruits into your diet in so many other ways. Add them to salads, make sweet-cherry preserves, or make homemade cherry chutney. And you’ll do cartwheels over the taste of your homemade cherry smoothies!

    Selecting a Site and Planting Your Tree
    Lapins Cherry trees flourish in climates that are cool and dry. An optimal growing site includes these conditions:

    Full sun. For the best health and maximum fruit production of your Lapins Cherry, choose a site that receives 6 to 8 hours of sun per day

    Loose, well-drained soil. Lapins Cherry is very adaptable to different types of soil, such as sand, loam, and clay, but the soil must be loose and crumbly. These trees don’t grow well in compacted soils. The preferred soil pH is 6.5-7.5.

    Deep, thorough watering. Especially when your tree is newly transplanted, keep it watered well. Don’t rely on overhead sprinklers, which may only lightly water the soil surface. Use a garden hose to direct water at the base of your tree and give it a good soaking, making sure that all the water drains into the soil without leaving a puddle around your tree. The second season after transplanting, if your tree receives 1 inch of rainfall every 7-10 days, it should be good to go. If it doesn’t, use your garden hose or a soaker hose to give it a deep drink.

    Mulching. By applying a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch around your Lapins Cherry tree, you’ll help keep the weeds at bay. Plus, the mulch will help keep the soil moist and reduce your need for watering during hot, dry weather.

    Fertilizing. It’s far better to rely on the results of a soil test instead of randomly broadcasting fertilizer around your Lapins Cherry tree. If you supply too much fertilizer, you can burn the roots of your new tree, stressing it and causing potential injury. Your local Cooperative Extension Service will perform a soil test for a nominal fee, and they can advise you on fertilizer types that are best for your location.

    Backstory
    Lapins Cherry is named for a pioneering cherry breeder, Dr. K.O. Lapins from Summerland, BC, Canada. Dr. Lapins crossed different types of cherry trees, which produced the cherry tree that was named for him – the Lapins Cherry.



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