Lapins cherry

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Lapins cherry
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flowers of a Lapins cherry tree
SpeciesPrunus avium
Hybrid parentageVan × Stella
BreederK. O. Lapins
OriginSummerland, British Columbia, Canada

Lapins (also marketed as Cherokee)[1] is a cultivar of cherry. It is a hybrid of the Van and Stella cultivars.[2] It has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

Cultivar history[edit]

The Lapins cultivar was developed in Summerland, British Columbia at the Summerland Research Station.[4] 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.[2]

Tree characteristics[edit]

The Lapins cherry tree grows to 2.5 to 4 meters tall, with a 2.5 to 4 meters spread.[1] It has dense, green foliage and a branch structure conducive to heavy yields.[5] Like its parent variety Stella, the Lapins cherry is self-fertile and an excellent pollinator for other cherry varieties.[5]

Fruit characteristics[edit]

The fruit of the Lapins cultivar is regarded as very high quality. It turns deep red well before it is ready to pick,[6] and unlike some varieties it is sweet while still red.[5] Lapins is a late-season cherry, ripening about 2 weeks later than the Bing cherry.[4]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Prunus avium 'Lapins' (F) | cherry (sweet) 'Lapins'/RHS Gardening". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  2. ^ a b "Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder | Good Fruit Grower". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  3. ^ Award of Garden Merit Plants - Fruits and Vegetables
  4. ^ a b "Foundation Plant Services Prunus Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  5. ^ a b c "Lapins and Sunburst Sweet Cherry" Canadian Journal of Plant Science 64:211-216 (Jan. 1984)
  6. ^ Lynn E. Long; Roberto Núñez-Elisea; Helen Cahn (2005-09-28). "Five Most Important Attributes of Sweet Cherries and the Varieties that Fill These Needs" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-14.