Variety Lapins Cherokee


Article by David Marks

This variety is sometimes also called Cherokee. Use the checklist below to decide if the Lapins cherry tree variety is correct for you and your garden. If this is not the correct variety, see our cherry tree varieties page, to select another variety which may suit you better.

  • Only really suitable for growing in warmer parts of the UK because blossom first appears on average in the second to third week of April (pollination group 2 to 3).
  • The fruits of Lapins are produced mid-season, ready for eating, on average, in the second week of July
  • Fruits are of larger than average size. They are dark red and have a sweet flavour.
  • The picking period is ten days.
  • It was raised in British Columbia, Canada and first released in 1984. It grows well in warmer parts because it does not need a prolonged period of cold weather to produce a good crop of fruit. The parents of Lapins are ‘Stella‘ and ‘Van‘.
  • This variety reliably produces an good amount of fruit.
  • Disease resistance is average and good for fruit splitting.
  • Lapins is self-fertile and does not need pollination partner to produce fruit.
  • It is fully hardy in all parts of the UK (however, see above about blossom).
  • Awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 2014.


Lapins is not often to be found in your local garden centre but is available online on Colt and Gisela 5 rootstock. One supplier of this variety at a reasonable price is Ornamental Trees. It can be bought as both a potted tree (generally more expensive) all year round or as a bare-rooted tree from October to March (cheaper). We would recommend buying bare-rooted.


Lapins is self-fertile and and does not need a suitable pollination partner to produce fruit. Lapins is in pollination group 2 to 3. The following varieties produces blossom at roughly the same time (mid to late April) and will be pollinated by Lapins. They are easily obtainable in the UK:

  • Penny, pollination group 3 to 4, eating variety
  • Summer Sun, pollination group 3 to 4, eating variety
  • Van, pollination group 3, eating variety


On Colt rootstock Lapins will grow to about 4m / 13ft tall when it has reached maturity after about 7 years. With an annual prune it can easily be kept to 2.4m / 8ft high for a manageable tree in most gardens. On Gisela 5 rootstock it will grow to approximately 2.4m / 8ft.


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The following are the key rules for growing this variety, click here for more detailed information about growing and pruning cherry trees:

  • Plant and grow in a full sun position.
  • The best time to plant Lapins is in late autumn to early winter. It can be planted at other times of year but will require watering more frequently to ensure it establishes well.
  • Plant the tree to the same depth as it was in the pot. If planting bare-rooted trees you will see a natural soil mark just above the roots which indicates the correct depth for planting.
  • Spread an 8cm / 3in layer of mulch around the base of the tree but not touching the main trunk. A mulched circle of about 1m / 3ft will be sufficient. This will retain moisture in the soil below and greatly help the tree to establish well.
  • Water very well immediately after planting.
  • Stake the tree for the first two years of its life on a Colt rootstock. If planted on Gisela 5 rootstock the tree will require staking for its life.
  • In the first summer after planting the tree, water well if conditions become dry.
  • Prune Lapins in the first year according to the suppliers instructions. Prune annually in later years, soon after the fruit has stopped being produced which will be about the third week of July for Lapins. See our detailed article on pruning cherry trees.
  • If any pests or diseases appear treat them as soon as possible. Consult our cherry tree pest and disease page for detailed information on identifying and treating problems.