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Lapins Sweet Cherry

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Self-pollinating and tolerates late frost! One of the few self-pollinating sweet cherry trees. Puts on a brilliant spring show with billows of pink flowers. Deep, dark fruit has a Bing-like shape has a purple-red flesh that is sweet, firm and almost meaty. Exquisite fresh eating, right off the tree. Originated in Canada. Good overall disease-resistance and crack-resistance. Ripens in July.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Early
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich Flavor, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 25' tall x 18 - 25' wide
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 25'
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18'


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I like bing like cherry's
Farnklin Y on Mar 23, 2020
Michael K on Mar 22, 2020
I like bing like cherry's
Farnklin Y on Mar 23, 2020
self pollinating and grows well in my area
CAROLYN G on Mar 23, 2020
Michael K on Mar 22, 2020
Because is compatible for the zone its going and is self pollinating .
Raul R on Mar 22, 2020
We love Bing cherries and my hubby and Iwant to try and grow our own. We also purchased the Lapins Sweet Cherry for cross pollination. We can hardly wait to taste our own homegrown cherries.
Ella W on Mar 21, 2020
I have always wanted a cherry tree. Finding one for my zone (9) has been a challenge. Looking forward to planting this gem!
CHRISTILYN L on Mar 16, 2020
like to try
John C F on Mar 16, 2020
Only one i could find in my zone 9a and self pollinating
Paul K on Mar 14, 2020
We like sweet dark cherries.
Theresa N on Mar 14, 2020
One the few fruit trees I have not planted.
RENEE L on Mar 13, 2020
Zone compatibility and ripening time
Darrin F on Mar 12, 2020
Cherry pie ???? nuff said.
Bruce M on Mar 7, 2020
disease resistant
Mark C on Nov 17, 2019
It's compatible with my region and it's self pollinating.
Gustavo L on Oct 16, 2019
Compatible with my climate. Want to grow cherry trees and I live in Houston, Texas.
gregory p on Oct 15, 2019
Self fertile
Kimberly M on Sep 21, 2019
self pollinating and sounds delicious
Fariha F on Jul 25, 2019
I chose this cherry because: late bloomer to "miss frost", dwarf size, and self pollinating.
Marsha C on Jul 21, 2019
Add a variety to my collection
James S on Mar 5, 2019
it is dwarf and I have a relative small space and it is self-pollinating.
Jim M on Jan 3, 2019
self pollinating and grows well in my area
CAROLYN G on Mar 23, 2020
Because is compatible for the zone its going and is self pollinating .
Raul R on Mar 22, 2020
Is the taste similar to that of a bing cherry?
James T on Sep 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes we love them great taste and they produce great amounts
I have a lapin cherry tree (now in its 5th year). Unfortunately, I'm getting little yield of cherries. Any suggestions? I line in SE Michigan. Thx
Jeff P on Jun 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Late frost can zap tender fruit buds, which may be a concern in your area. If not, given the age of your cherry tree, fruit production should increase after it's yielded its first crops. If beneficials and pollen movers (bees) are not visiting your tree when it's in bloom, you can help by manually moving pollen between flowers (using a small paintbrush or cotton swab). If you have room for another variety of sweet cherry tree, cross-pollination between them should also help to boost yields. If birds are eating your fruit before you can harvest, netting is highly recommended.
Can it be potted?
Anthony D on Nov 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Fruit trees can be growing in containers. We have two articles on our site that can help get you started for success. Search Growing Fruit Trees in Containers, Part 1 and then Part 2. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What rootstock do you use for the semi-dwarf Lapins cherry?
Logan on Apr 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Would this tree be a good pollinator for Rainer?
madeleine d on Mar 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have planted my young Lapin in a row between Rainer and Black Tartarian cherries in central Alabama (zone 7B). They are all sweet cherries and should pollinate each other with no problem per the Stark CS advice I was given. Just in case, I have a Windsor planted in a second row 21 feet away from this one. I have noted my two Windsor cherry trees woke and started slowly leafing and blooming about two weeks earlier than my Black Tartarian, Rainier, Napoleon Royal Ann, and Bing cherry trees.
How big does a cherry tree come? Can Intake it home in a plane?
Be M on Mar 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
I live in East Texas. Will this really grow here?....I thought it got too hot here....have you had anyone report yield from my area?
Diane on Jan 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: May grow fine if you have enough winter chill hours--400 hours below 45 degrees or so.
How many chill hours are required?
Joe Fatout on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree requires 400 chill hours, far less than most other sweet cherries.
Would this tree be a good pollinator for Stark hardy giant cherry tree?
Lori E on Apr 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would be an excellent pollinator.
I just planted my lapins cherry tree and found out it???s going to snow tomorrow. Should I do anything to protect it?
Teresa B on Apr 9, 2020
Can this tree be trained against a fence (espalier training)?
Tara T on Mar 28, 2020

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Need Better Shipping Times (options when ordering)
First of all, let it be known that the plant stock and packaging is top quality. Very pleased. Unfortunately, there’s more than this to consider when purchasing from a nursery. Shipping time is also critical. NE Ohio varies greatly each spring and even though a call was made to hold shipping and the tree was still in the warehouse, it was shipped anyway. Our ground was still frozen. Disappointed.
August 16, 2019
Bad shipping time
Well, I just received my Lapin's cherry and although it was probably a good specimen, it really suffered in the shipping box with the heat - it really looked dead. I'm hoping it lives. Luckily, I was home when it arrived so immediately gave it water and air in a cool shaded place so we'll see. I'm not sure why this couldn't have been shipped in cooler weather but they said it wasn't available....hmmmmm.
All the other trees I've ordered are lovely so I have great hopes for this one and I'll rate it again once I see it can be revived, survive the Summer & Winter, and burst forth in a new Spring. Until then.....
July 30, 2019
10 months ago
Really satisfied so far!!
I’m not sure why this tree has so many bad reviews. Mine arrived March 30, and I planted the bare root tree in a pot 4 days later (it was already budding out and leaves were on the verge of opening). I got it in the ground 3 days after that and now a week later, the leaves are so long and all the buds are sprouting. This new tree even survived an extremely windy, rainy day and 35 degree evening temperature!! The daytime temperature was in the high 60’s/low 70’s when I planted it, but we suddenly got another cold spell.

This is my first cherry tree, and my first purchase from Stark Bro’s. I’m extremely happy so far. I’ll try to update this review with how the tree progresses, since I was trying to find this information in other reviews before I made my purchase!
April 11, 2020
My Lone Lapins Cherry Tree In Zone 7B!
My Stark Lapin standard cherry arrived at my central Alabama home in early August of 2019 - as a very small stick with a stake in a 4x4x10 Stark EZ start pot. It had no leaves and or branches, and I wondered if it would grow as I left it outside in a protected area where I could water it easily. It only made a few small leaves before the Fall leaf drop. In February of 2020, I saw it was making buds all up and down the still very thin stick and began removing some of the lower ones as they appeared. Around April, It began leafing out profusely with very large leaves and looking very healthy - also starting some small delicate branching at the top of the plant. Unfortunately, I found I had lost my largest and prettiest 15' 2018 Stark Black Tartarian cherry after it was attacked severely by Japanese beetles in early June of 2019 - destroying and damaging all of its leaves at the time (It did leaf out with a very few new small leaves, after the attack, just before the normal Fall leaf drop. But, was severely weakened.). I had been very proud of that tree. I removed the still solid, and large, but dead Tartarian root ball, and planted my Lapin in the same hole. I again used Milky Spore in the ground to prevent any underground larva stage root attacks, and hope this year the beetles don't hit the leaves of this young Lapin. Japanese beetles are impervious to most available poisons. But, natural and synthetic Pyrethrin based poisons effectively kill these pests almost immediately where others do absolutely nothing to them. The natural Pyrethrin poison effectiveness will only last for a day, but the synthetic versions last for weeks to months. This year, I'm fully prepared for winning the war against any Japanese Beetles as soon as they start any onslaught on my property. FYI: if you want to help any newly planted plants to do well in root production, be sure to use Milky Spore - especially if you see any evidence of grub worms in your ground or lawn. The effectiveness of natural Milky Spore in the ground is 10-20 years, and it is harmless to animal and vegetative life. If everyone used it, the prolific invasive Japanese Beetle would cease to be the threat it is in the USA.
April 18, 2020
Mine just arrived looking terrible!
I've ordered a few times from Stark Bros this is the first plant I've received looking in pretty bad shape, extraordinarily dry and brittle. I'm not sure if this tree is just more sensitive to the shipping but I would check to see long the shipping time is before they send this to you!
March 19, 2020