Homestead Plant Of The Week | 003 | Lapins Cherry

Grow Lapins Cherries in Texas

Grow Lapins Cherry Trees in Texas!

Planting the lapins cherry tree 3A few months back, my sister said she wanted to give me a tree for my birthday. She asked if I wanted to pick it out or be surprised. I told her to surprise me. She went over to Bob Wells Nursery and selected a Lapins Cherry tree for me! I hadn’t heard of the Lapins Cherry but have been pleasantly surprised to find all the great things about it.

The Lapins Cherry is a self-pollinating (you only need one tree) and requires only 400 chilling hours. It bears some of the larges sweet cherries one can find and the fruit is crack resistant. The Lapins Cherry prefers full sun, moist soil (not soggy), and is hardy to -20° F.

If you’re looking for a cherry tree to plant in East Texas, you may want to take a hard look at the Lapins Cherry Tree.

What you need to know about The Lapins Cherry

Family Prunus avium ‘Lapins’
Mature Height Standard: 20 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-9
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Characteristics Sweet, Firm
Bloom Period Mid April
Pollinator Required None Required
Harvest Period Early July

Planting the lapins cherry tree 5I’ve posted some pics below of the tree we planted on our East Texas Homestead. If you’re new to planting trees, you may be surprised to see me cut the tree down to about knee high. If you want the tree to take off the first year it is in the ground, you need to balance out the amount of tree above the ground with what is below it. A good rule of thumb is to have no more than 1.5 times the mass above the ground as you have roots. This allows the relatively small root mass to drive more energy into putting on new growth instead of keeping the tree alive.

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  1. HI, I am in Frisco, Texas. I am interested in planting the Lapins cherry tree.I came upon your website during a search for Lapins cherry. How is your cherry tree ? has it fruited for you. Please let me know, it will help me in my quest for a backyard orchard. Thanks, Malini.

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      Hi Malini,
      Unfortunately, I killed my lapins cherry tree. If there’s one thing I can say, it’s don’t plant them too deep and be sure to have well-drained soil. The hole I dug in the clay acted like a big bowl and held too much water. If I had mounded the new soil and planted into it, I believe I would have had better results. I hope this helps.

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