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Lapins Sweet Cherry Tree

(9 customer reviews)


Begins shipping mid-April.


Begins shipping


One of the few self-pollinating sweet cherries!

Puts on a brilliant spring display, with clouds of breathtaking baby-pink flowers. Sports the same deep purple-red color and shape as Bing, with flesh that is firm and sweet, never soft. Exquisite for eating right off of the tree, which has good general disease and crack resistance. Try it in desserts instead of the usual tart cherry! Originated in British Columbia, Canada in 1983. Ripens in July.


Bloom ColorPink,White
Bloom TimeEarly
Fruit ColorRed
Soil CompositionLoamy
TasteRich flavor, sweet
Soil MoistureWell Drained – Average Moistness
Soil pH6-7
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear4-7
Hardiness Zone Range5-9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  4.5 – 5.5 m tall x 4.5 – 5.5 m wide (15 – 18′ tall x 15 – 18′ wide)
Dwarf  2.5 – 3 m tall x 2.5 – 4 m wide (8 – 14′ tall x 8 – 14′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 5.5 – 4.5 m (15 – 18′)
Dwarf 2.5 – 4 m (8 – 14′)

Ship Height

Supreme, Semi-dwarf Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.
Supreme, Dwarf Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.


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!

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9 reviews for Lapins Sweet Cherry Tree

  1. Karen Eager

    Of all the trees I have ordered from Stark, this was by far the healthiest and strongest “stick with roots” I’ve received. I planted it this past spring 2021 and it absolutely took off! I ordered a black tartarian for pollination, and although planted right next this one with the same soil amendments, watering, etc. it up and died on me after putting a few leaves out. I’ve ordered a Stella to replace that so I’ll eventually have cherries on this healthy, happy, and strong Lapins! Only downside is that the jerkface Japanese beetles seem to love the tree as much as I do.

  2. Nathan Vidrine

    This was the last tree to be planted in my 70 tree orchard. Within a week it had leafed out and begun the grow. Sadly in a wind storm it was hit by a cage and up rooted. To my amazement starkbros replaced it even though the tree died no fault of starbros. I am excited to get the replacement tree.

  3. Sharon Karpinski

    Tree arrived in good shape and was planted at the same time as a Stella that I had also ordered. Over the next 3 years, Stella flourished. Lapins lagged behind though it branched and bloomed. Last summer, the Lapins suddenly started to die from the top down. By August it was dead. Stella still flourishing. I’ve no idea what happened.

  4. Paul Kelley

    This tree took off growing great. Need a pollinator for it or might not get any fruit. But as far as the tree is concerned could not be any better.

  5. Randall Akulick

    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.

  6. Bithyah Shaparenko

    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!

  7. Michael King

    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!

  8. Susan Pudde

    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.

  9. Linda Shoemake

    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…..

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