Lapins cherry tree in zone 9 - Knowledgebase Question

Bonita, Ca
Question by drsusan32
February 20, 2009
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 from NGA
February 20, 2009


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. I hope you get a bountiful harvest!

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