The Q&A Archives: Low Chill Cherry

Question: I have a two year old Lapins cherry tree. I just read the info on this site on cherry trees and see that my zone isn't listed. Will my cherry tree ever get a cherry to ripen? It gets nice leaves and looks like it is ready to wake up again this year. My area does get some chill hours so I think it meets that requirement. Do I need to get a second tree for it to get fruit?

Thank you

Answer: Lapins cherry is a sweet cherry tree that grows best in zones 5-8. Wholesale growers still rate this cherry as needing many hours of winter chill, yet it is the one most often mentioned for low-chill climates, especially in southern California. ?Lapins? produces large, firm, dark-red fruit without a cross-pollinator and fairly consistently, according to those who grow it. ?Lapins? is self-fruitful and useful as a pollinator for other cherries. Early to midseason. It requires 800 hours of chill so you will probably get more cherries in some years than in others, depending upon the weather. Enjoy your cherries!

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