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Rainier Cherry Tree

Prunus avium 'Rainier'


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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- Planting Mix
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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun


25 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus avium 'Rainier'

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Good Looks and Bushels of Tasty Treats

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 10-15 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.

Rainier Cherry Tree Pollination

Rainier Cherry Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Customer Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
39 Reviews
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Beautiful trees
I bought six of them in May2014 and all have survived and grown fast. They received no artificial watering after initial planting, but that's typical of here. I planted cherries, plums, pears and apples, and only the cherries were attacked by beetles, but that's not their fault. It just means they need a little care.
January 4, 2015
Warwick, MA
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I have not had this tree long enough to see how it performs after a winter season but as of right now it is growing beautifully.
I am waiting to see if it will bear fruit in the spring. All else said I was pleased with the condition of the tree upon arrival to my address. The packaging was great and it started putting out new leaves within a couple of weeks. I would recommend this nursery to anyone looking for quality trees that is truly fast growing. I will be using this company for my future needs.
July 28, 2015
over 2 years ago
Rainier Cherry Can't wait!!
My wife just loves these cherries and we can't wait. Anyway we ordered in late June and it is very hot. The tree arrived with minor leaf wilt but did continue to loose the leaves We have kept up the watering and it is now showing signs of new growth and think It will be fine The tree was a bit expensive but is a very nice larger tree So far we are very happy
July 1, 2016
Flemington , MO
1 year ago
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Rainier Cherry
I received my rainier cherry in great shape, its a very healthy looking tree and is even larger than 5ft. One of the limbs were broken during shipment, however I was able to have it heal back up by splinting it. I also purchased a banana tree off this site that is looking great right now. I am very satisfied. I plan on continuing purchasing the harder to find trees off this site due to their selection.

- Kurt
June 8, 2015
36977, AL
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Both trees I ordered arrived promptly. One of the trees was in better shape than the other. We planted them as instructed and one of the trees is doing very well and the other is basically dead. We contacted Fast Growing Trees to tell them about this and did not get a response (by email).
June 25, 2017
6 months ago
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I was very impressed with the condition of the tree when I received it. It was packaged and shipped so there was no damage to the tree.
May 16, 2016
Kenosha, WI
1 year ago
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Rainier Cherry Tree
Trees I ordered cam on time and were in good condition upon arrival. While they have not grown any visibly, all leaves have stayed on.
July 30, 2015
Dublin, GA
over 2 years ago
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Cherry tree
Seems to be growing very slow. Looks healthy but no blossoms.
May 10, 2016
Dallas, TX
1 year ago
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Doing well in the area planted. New leaf growth but no cherries this year
July 31, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Don't buy the 7ft trees!
This isn't a review of the actual tree production, but a review of the one they sent me. I bought the largest tree possible (7ft ). In my mind, I'm buying time. Years worth of growth. We brought 3 trees, another cherry tree and an apricot tree. The others were 5ft. We planted all of them as soon as they arrived and watered them well daily. 2 months later, the 2 5ft trees are doing well, the 7ft is dead. I thought about it and if you think about how far a 7ft tree's roots expand to, and then they are lopped off to be able to fit in a 2 gallon shipping pot, it's much tougher for it to recover from. Next time, I'll get a 5ft tree.
May 31, 2017
7 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Because i try one and i love the taste iys the best i never try i love!!!
Francisco O on Oct 27, 2017
Wanted one more tree, liked the quality of my last purchase.
Anton K on Aug 11, 2017
Because i try one and i love the taste iys the best i never try i love!!!
Francisco O on Oct 27, 2017
favorite to eat
WILLIAM F on Aug 12, 2017
Wanted one more tree, liked the quality of my last purchase.
Anton K on Aug 11, 2017
Cold hardy. Cross Polination for Bing Cherries.
Jennifer Y on Aug 6, 2017
I like to make a small orchard for my wife and my daughter.
Tien P on Jul 29, 2017
I have always wanted cherry trees. I grew up picking cherries at my grandparents house every summer. Only they grew a sour cherry. Childhood memories!
Amy H on Jul 14, 2017
cross pollination for the other cherry tree
Donna K on Jul 13, 2017
Kim J on Jul 4, 2017
Love this fruit and can't see buying any more when I can grow my own
George D on Jul 1, 2017
Like Cherries
Nicholas P on Jun 25, 2017
Good producer and match to upper midwest
James S on Jun 21, 2017
Super Tasty and extremely happy to find out they grow in my area
Nathaniel C on Jun 19, 2017
These are my favorite cherries and are ridiculously expensive in the local markets. Growing them myself will be so rewarding and make them taste even better. I buy them every year and I am so excited just thinking about the money I will be saving, money I can put towards adding more Rainer Cherry trees next year.
Kimberly W on Jun 16, 2017
To pollinate the bing.
Derek G on Jun 13, 2017
our most favorite variety of cherrys
ashley n on Jun 13, 2017
wanted this particular fruit
Robin T on Jun 11, 2017
Quick bearing. Lots of quality fruit. Ideal size for back yard. A recommended cross-pollinator for the Stella. Resilient.
Gregory B on Jun 2, 2017
My favorite fruit the only one I eat lol!!
Randa A on Jun 1, 2017
I like this cherry to eat fresh and due to my age. I want speedy production.
I hope it will arrive undamaged.
Earlene A on May 29, 2017
Small tree that grows in Zone 4 and produces a sweet cherry.
Jayne R on May 29, 2017
Delicious cherries
Jay H on May 26, 2017
Bought the Raniers because the cherries fast so good. I'll let you know how things work out after the planting.
Philip J on May 20, 2017
Love ranier cherries .. very excited to try this
Tracy Lane H on May 20, 2017
for cherry pies!!
Susan a on May 16, 2017
I love to eat cherrys
maria b on May 15, 2017
For the fruit
Nicholas C on May 13, 2017
My favorite cherry and pricey in the stores. Tree is doing extremely well. Had blooms the first spring.
Mark S on May 1, 2017
Goes with my Bing
Ron B on May 1, 2017
Love the cherries
Bonnie J on Apr 29, 2017
Wife loves fresh fruit & I'd like to see produce in our yard.
PHILIP G on Apr 25, 2017
For the same reasons as the Bing Cherry plus the cross pollination increases production. Also the site says this is a low maintenance tree.
Bryan S E on Apr 22, 2017
hardy in northern states, sweet cherry
Rusty W on Apr 20, 2017
Emergency choice, another vendor failed to deliver
Nelson1240 on Apr 20, 2017
Favorite cherry
Joanna I B on Apr 16, 2017
its my favorite fruit.
padmavathi m on Apr 12, 2017
It's one of the few cherries that grows in our zone 9. Looking forward to it!
Priscilla C on Apr 12, 2017
It's fun to grow fruit!
Tami D on Apr 10, 2017
Cool climate, great color complement to the bing cherries, recommended cross pollinator.
James Hopwood 4 on Apr 9, 2017
I absolutely love Rainier cherries.
Khappy on Apr 1, 2017
Best cherry ever! Can't find them in the grocery store so I'm growing them myself!
Jessica v on Mar 25, 2017
is a good pollinator for my bing in zone 4b
chris on Mar 23, 2017
Like the look, texture, and taste of it.
Felix O on Mar 23, 2017
Remind me of Seattle
Matt V on Mar 19, 2017
Less likely to attract birds. And its height.
Haili L on Mar 14, 2017
Because it is really sweet, my mom and my daughter like it
Megan t on Mar 6, 2017
I can't find it at any nursery around my home.
Coleen C on Feb 17, 2017
Love these cherries. They are very expensive in stores.
Jade W on Aug 30, 2016
Cherry pie - of course!
Tommie P on Aug 28, 2016
Love them cherries.
Edward S on Aug 14, 2016
Grew up in Montana love bing cherries and all cherries
Karen A on Jul 17, 2016
favorite to eat
WILLIAM F on Aug 12, 2017
Cold hardy. Cross Polination for Bing Cherries.
Jennifer Y on Aug 6, 2017
I live in a zone 4 area, what cherry tree would you recommend to plant with the rainier for pollination?
Sarah L on Jan 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Bing cherry tree will pollinate your Rainier, and survive in zone 4.
When is the best to plant my tree?
Robert K on Oct 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Right now is a good time. I would say late September - mid November for my zone (8). What zone does the questioner live in?
best planting time zone 7 ?
bryant w on Jun 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you are located in a zone 7 you can plant spring through fall.
I live in surprise Arizona how will a Rainer cherry tree do?
Nicole W on Jun 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I love Rainer cherries. I live in middle Georgia and we have drought conditions most summers, and sometimes heat index> or = to 100 degrees. Winter's are fairly mild, but it can get 12 to 15 degrees. Got my tree and it was very healthy, wintered well, and grew about a foot higher so far this year. No cherries yet. I guess I can't be greedy. The leaves will droop if it isn't getting enough water. I have had good luck with every tree I've purchased from FGT. They may fruit the first year. If not, the second year you may get a couple fruit, and each year thereafter it fruits more.
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
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.
Are rainier cherries good eating?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are delicious fresh or in pies, etc. Ours seldom make it to the baking stage, they seem to disappear before reaching the house.
Is a Stella cherry tree a good cross pollination tree for the rainier?
L v on Dec 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Stella will be a good pollinator for the Rainier. The Bing and Black Tartarion will also work well.
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
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 every two weeks then your tree will not need to be watered.
Do I need to purchase a pollinator tree to get fruit?
Angie R on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: " 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."
We have late frosts. When does this tree usually bloom? Gallup,NM
Heyjude on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: In Minnesota it's been blooming for the last week or so. Cherries are starting to form.
Does the dwarf Rainer yellow and red cherry tree need a pollinator?
huggybear on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Huggybear!

Yes, the Rainer cherry should have a pollinator. It doesn't have to be another Rainer, however. Check out the description section on Pam's FGT website. When I purchased mine, there was a list of pollinators.

Hope this helps and wishing you fruiting success.



I live in zone 5 in Illinois. I wanted to purchase Rainier tree, Is Rainier cherry self pollinating?
I have limited space and I wanted to buy one of these and white peach tree. Will it be a nice combination to plant close within 10 feet of each other.
Yogesh Ajmire
Yogesh on Mar 10, 2016

Yes, you need a pollinator for the Ranier Cherry to produce abundant fruit. I picked a Bing Cherry and am seeing little buds on my trees that were planted last fall.

Enjoy your trees!

Your description says, "This plant is recommended for zones: 4-9" Will it survive and fruit in Austin Texas?
Darleen R on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you are in the recommend zone.
I only have room for one cherry tree. Will it bloom without other trees?
Kathleen A on Sep 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The best thing to do is to buy it with a pollinator and plant them in the same big hole. They can grow together as one tree. You can prune to keep it even. As long as you don't allow one to overtake the other, you'll have cherries.
Are two or more Rainier Cherry Trees needed for plllenation?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No. You need another sweet cherry tree (different kind), like a Bing Cherry, for pollination. Another Rainier Cherry will not pollinate it.
When will the tree start producing fruits?
Hodgee on Jul 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: depending on how big and mature it was when planted, possibly in the first year but probably not until the second. Rainer requires a high chill period in excess of 700 hours to set the blossom and fruit so if you just planted it this year don't expect a fruit harvest until it has at least one winter.
do i remove the bag the root ball is in ??
Norm H on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, absolutely not. I planted mine and it is thriving. I watered it everyday and built a deer fence around. It. When I planted my tree I placed the remains of some fish in next to the ball. Don't forget to plant a different species of cherry tree for fertilization about 20 feet away.
I live in Zone 9, what is the best cherry tree would you recommend to pollinate my rainier cherry tree?
MikeD on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 8 and we planted a bing cherry tree and it is pollinating our rainier cherry tree beautifully. It is the darn crazy weather that we are fighting here in zone 8.....ShaRon
Live in South Central, MT area - would love to have one or two - do I need to have another type for pollination for the Raniers?
kallyjo on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A quick google search lead me to a site of all the pollinators for rainier. (Unable to post link)
While my tree has only been in the ground for one season, I haven't had any flowers or fruit set. I see Bing cherry on this list and, although you are looking for rainier, this is also a great "grocery store" cherry. Maybe you need more trees ??
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.
Will it be ok if I plant this tree 10' away from the house?
Juan P on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you do and as the tree matures you will need to keep it pruned. Which you will want to anyway.
it is 12 degrees here. how will the tree survive until spring...2 to 3 months?
tmansk on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As long as the roots are buried, the tree will survive in it's natural dormant state.
How long does it take for the trees to start bearing fruit?
Delitha G on Jul 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can take 3-5 years to bear fruit.
How do these trees get shipped (packaging and carrier)?
Michael N on Mar 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They will be shipped in a box via Fed-Ex, sometimes we will use the US Postal Service.
What is the minimum hours of sunlight for Rainier and Lapins cherries to ripen? I have plenty of dappled shade and half day sun on the west side of my small yard, but direct sun area is limited to the south side of house and it gets incredibly hot over 100+ through out the summer. I think it would cook them. Knowing the minimum hours of sunlight in descriptions is always helpful in my situation.
RocKin40 on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
How tall did your Ranier Trees grow after the first year?
lovin' papayas on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 3-5 feet per year.
When to plant Rainier Cherry in zone 8?
Danuta K on Oct 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In a zone 8 you can plant year round for the most part. The best times to plant are spring and fall.
Why does the Rainier Cherry not ship to California ????
Terry P on Jul 18, 2015
Unfortunately it is out of our hands. California state agriculture laws prohibit it. Certain fruit trees and juniper and oak are prohibited but our other plants are fine to ship to your state.

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