flowers of a Lapins cherry tree
|Hybrid parentage||Van × Stella|
|Breeder||K. O. Lapins|
|Origin||Summerland, British Columbia, Canada|
The Lapins cultivar was developed in Summerland, British Columbia at the Summerland Research Station. It was one of the varieties developed by the agronomist Karlis O. Lapins, a native of Latvia who did pioneering work in the development of self-fertile cherry cultivars. Though the cultivar was not released until 1983, years after his retirement, it was named in his honor.
The Lapins cherry tree grows to 2.5 to 4 meters tall, with a 2.5 to 4 meters spread. It has dense, green foliage and a branch structure conducive to heavy yields. Like its parent variety Stella, the Lapins cherry is self-fertile and an excellent pollinator for other cherry varieties.
The fruit of the Lapins cultivar is regarded as very high quality. It turns deep red well before it is ready to pick, and unlike some varieties it is sweet while still red. Lapins is a late-season cherry, ripening about 2 weeks later than the Bing cherry.
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