Wisconsin is not a major sweet cherry-producing region due to the harsh climate. Tart cherries like North Star typically fare better in our area. That said, Lapins Sweet Cherry originated in Canada and is hardy to Zone 4, tolerating late frost and colder temperatures.
Preferring average, medium-moisture, well-drained soil, Lapins Sweet Cherry is best planted in full sun – at least eight hours. While it can tolerate some shade, it will not produce as well.
Lapins will generally begin to bear fruit between four to seven years of age. The trees that we sell usually have already begun to produce fruit, however, not in large quantities as they are still young. In July, delight in an abundance of delicious fruit ready for picking!
Add a Lapins Sweet Cherry to your home orchard in combination with other fruit trees. While self-pollinating it can serve as a pollinator for other cherry trees!
With a smaller semi-dwarf size and ease of care, it is a great starter fruit tree if you’re just dipping your toe into the home fruit-growing trend.
While generally grown specifically for their fruit, Lapins has ornamental value with their beautiful and fragrant white flowers that cover the tree in April/May. In the fall, leaves turn a wonderful range of red, orange, and yellow. This tree can do double duty as a specimen tree and a fruiting tree!
Firm, juicy, and sweet fruit is divine for fresh eating right off the tree, baked into pies and pastries, made into preserves and jams, frozen for later use, juiced, added to salads, chopped into salsa, or made into syrup or vinaigrette