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Rainier Cherry Tree

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Gorgeous spring blooms are just one of the reasons to own Rainier Cherry, but fruit by the bucket load is it's crowning glory. Rainier is a top producer of the sweetest and juiciest cherries available on the market today. At only 10-15 feet in height, it's just right for smaller gardens. Organically grow your own cherries without pesticides!

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Rainier Cherry Tree

Good Looks and Bushels of Tasty Treats


The Benefits of Bare-Root Trees...

Bare-root trees are grown in a field and naturally have a larger root system than container grown trees. This means you get a plant that will become established quicker and provide you with superior growth in the spring.

Your tree arrives dormant (sleeping for the winter). Without foliage to support, it doesn't require as much water or nutrients to survive. So transplanting is stress-free.

If you plant in the winter, your roots will continue to grow and become more established. When spring arrives you will see bright new foliage appearing.

Selling bare-root trees allows us to offer you a higher quality product at a lower price.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $ 7.00 each
Mar 2nd, 2015
List: $ 139.90
Sale: $ 132.91
6 at $ 126.26 each
Rainier Cherry Tree
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Cherry Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$ 19.90
Sale: $ 18.91
Planting Mix for Cherry Trees
Rainier Cherry Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Rainier Cherry Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 13.28
Rainier Cherry Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 11.31

The Rainier Cherry Tree features striking blooms as well as the most popular cherries in America. This deciduous species will continue to astonish you season after season for many reasons—especially it’s easy to care for versatility. Exquisitely scented, the long-lasting pale-pink to white blooms begin their arrival in mid-spring. 

The blossoms of the Rainier Cherry Tree provide delicate texture and create a wonderful backdrop for your outdoor living area. From mid to late June, Rainier generates an early harvest of delicious fruit. Large yellow fruit, kissed with just a splash of red, provides a scrumptious flavor that tantalizes the senses. 

Rainier is a heavy fruit producer, which makes it a preferred fruit tree in many home gardens. Rainier cherries are some of the sweetest available, and every year they send cherry lovers into a tizzy. These trees are not typically easy to find in your local garden center, but we’ve reserved a small lot of them knowing that our best customers would enjoy this divine fruiting tree. 

Rainier cherries have countless uses. They taste fantastic freshly picked from the tree or can be use in your favorite cookie or muffin recipes. They store and freeze well, and make delectable gourmet preserves and sauces. 

Adding another layer of color and texture to your landscape, the Rainier Cherry Tree provides beautiful leaves which turn wonderful shades of bronze, orange or yellow in autumn, depending on your climate zone. The 

Rainier Cherry Tree enjoys full sun, but can tolerate a small bit of shade. This hearty tree can also adapt to most any soil type as long as it is well-drained. Rainier Cherry Tree requires cross pollination for an abundant harvest, so be sure to purchase one of our other delectable cherry trees such as Bing or Black Tartarian as a good partner for Rainier. 

Grand in stature and hardy by design, the mature Rainier Cherry Tree reaches heights between 15-20 feet. With its stunning presence, low maintenance habit, and being a producer a mouth-watering fruit--this tree truly has much to offer. As if that weren’t enough, birds and other wildlife are also attracted to these trees thanks to the tasty treats it delivers. 

We grow our trees longer than our competitors, to ensure delivery of a healthy full-bodied specimen ready for you to enjoy for many, many growing seasons. 

Order your Rainier Cherry tree today, and don’t forget to check out our selection of Black Tartarians and Bings.

Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Rootstock: MAZZARD
Botanical Name: Prunus avium 'Rainier'
Does not ship to: AZ,
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Rainier Cherry Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Rainier Cherry Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Rainier Cherry Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Rainier Cherry Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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How long is the growing season for these cherries? Where I live there are often frosts in the first parts of June, and the end of August. Is there enough time in those 10-12 weeks for the cherries to grow and ripen?
Hannah B on Aug 19, 2014
Best Answer: I think so. Our last frost in Ohio averages mid to late May, but these ripen in our area by late June so yours should still ripen by July
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We live in Houston Texas 77389. Will we have problems growing a ranier cherry tree?
Lori K on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: Houston is outside of the recommend growing zone for the Rainier Cherry Tree. The climate conditions there are a little too tough for this tree to handle.
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When is the best to plant my tree?
Robert K on Oct 5, 2014
Best Answer: I planted my tree after ground thawed and warmed and it is doing well. Make sure you plant a sour cherry tree if you want to have fruit. There may be other pollinators in a neighbors property
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Are two or more Rainier Cherry Trees needed for plllenation?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: multiple rainier cherry trees will not pollinate each other you need a pollinator that normally blooms at the same time . my suggestion would be the bing variety
Reply · Report · kevin c on Jul 20, 2014
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will it grow in a container and produce fruit?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: If you would like to put the Rainier Cherry in a container you can, however, they do prefer the ground
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Nov 3, 2014
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How big is the shopping plant ?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: The tree that arrived for us was about 6 feet tall with just a few branches. It has already grown (even in Minnesota after a harsh winter!) about 3 feet wider and 3 feet taller since last year.
Reply · Report · Christine P on Jul 8, 2014
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Are rainier cherries good eating?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2014
Best Answer: Rainier cherries are, in my opinion, the best tasting cherries available.

They are not overly sweet with a hint of tartness to them. I can eat the all day long!
Reply · Report · Martin B on Oct 14, 2014
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How long will it take before it bears fruit?
How many chill hours does it take?
judy m on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: A 5-6ft Rainier Cherry should bear fruit within a year. It requires 700 chill hours.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Nov 3, 2014
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If I purchase a Rainer and a Bing cherry far apart should they be planted from each other?
Terri on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: Sweet cherry trees require cross-pollination, so you need to plant trees close enough that bees can carry pollen. Usually, planting trees within 100 feet is sufficient. You also need compatible sweet cherry tree cultivars within the tree groups. Each sour cherry tree can set fruit using its own pollen and thus is self-fruitful.
Reply · Report · Linda M on Jun 10, 2014
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can i grow a rainier cherry tree in Illinois?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2014
Best Answer: Yes we are growing one in Wisconsin.
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I live in zone 8 WA 98580. Why won't you ship to WA?
quest5150 on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately Washington has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from legally shipping the Rainier Cherry Tree there.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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How often should a newly planted rainier tree be watered?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: Water your Rainier Cherry Tree twice a week. If your tree receives an inch of water during the two weeks then your tree will not need to be watered.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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Do you have dwarf rainier and dwarf lapins cherry trees ? Are they compatible as far as pollination?
Tri S on Jul 24, 2014
Best Answer: The Lapin Cherry Tree works well as a pollinator for the Rainier. However we currently aren't carrying the Lapin. The Bing and Black Tartarian make good partners for the Rainier.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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can these grow in ky ?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the Rainier Cherry tree should thrive in KY.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Nov 3, 2014
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how long does it usually take to ship to oregon?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: Standard shipping to Oregon usually takes 4 days, unless you are in a very rural area... in that case it will take 5.
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When does the fruit ripen on the Ranier cherry?
Will M on Dec 15, 2014
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Is it possible to grow a Ranier Cherry Tree in Monterey, California (Growing Zone 10)? The backyard in which it (as well as cross-pollinating Bing or Black Tartarian) would be planted is tucked into a pine tree-laden hillside, so it is pretty wind-sheltered. The backyard gets lots of sunshine, and has good drainage.
Zuma B on Dec 9, 2014
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am seeking dwarf self pollinating cherry trees...particularly the Rainer cherry variety. do you sell such trees?
judith t on Dec 4, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 13th
  Zone 6 March 30th
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99+ ~32%

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.