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Rainier Cherry Tree

Prunus avium 'Rainier'

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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.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

25 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Harvest Time:

July

Fruit Color:

Yellow-Red

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):

800-900

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus avium 'Rainier'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, CA, ID, WA



Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)
 

Good Looks and Bushels of Tasty Treats

Get Juicy Cherries Earlier
The Rainier Cherry Tree is a heavy producer generating an early harvest of big juicy cherries. Large yellow fruit, kissed with just a splash of red, provides a scrumptious flavor that rivals other varieties. Rainier cherries are some of the sweetest available. You've most likely bought these at your grocery store, as they're the most popular cherries in America. (If you're a fan - just think of all the money you can save by growing this tree yourself!)

Strikingly Beautiful Tree
A mature Rainier Cherry Tree reaches heights between 10-15 feet. It offers more than just delicious cherries. Long-blooming pale-pink and white flowers begin their arrival in mid-spring. Delicate blossoms provide texture and a subtle scent that you'll anticipate yearly.  As the spring season comes alive, the green foliage and flowers are an amazing spectacle. Add as a backdrop or addition to an existing garden.

It's equally impressive in the fall as leaves turn wonderful shades of bronze, orange or yellow, depending on your climate zone.  

Easy To Grow Cherry Tree
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 your Rainier.

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We grow our trees longer than any nursery we know of.  This ensures 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

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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
Growing Zone:
4
50-50
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
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
4
Review Title
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
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
Growing Zone:
8
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
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
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
5
Cherry tree
Seems to be growing very slow. Looks healthy but no blossoms.
May 10, 2016
Dallas, TX
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
8
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
8
Good condition but little foliage and branching
Better than a whip but not by much.Trees were in good shape and have done well so far, 7 wks. Highly recomended finding local nursery trees if at all possible.
July 17, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Rainier Cherry Tree


Rainier Cherry Tree Planting Diretions

The Rainier Cherry (Prunus avium 'Rainier') is a cold hardy, very adaptable, drought tolerant cherry tree that enjoys full sun but can tolerate some light shade. This particular cherry tree is commonly planted in USDA growing zones 4-8, is known to have the sweetest cherries available and its stunning fall foliage. This semi-dwarf variety will reach a mature height/width of 10-15 feet and typically fruits within its first year but does require a cross pollinator for the fruit to form (we recommend the Bing or Black Tartarian as a pollinator). The cherry tree will thrive in nearly any soil type but drainage is essential so be sure there is no standing water where you intend to plant. Typical harvest time for Rainiers is around mid to late July.

Planting Instructions:
1) Make your hole three times as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
2) Place your tree in the hole, carefully spread the roots out and begin back filling the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill to avoid any air pockets from forming.
3) Water to secure the tree and remove any additional air pockets in the soil. Add more soil if necessary after settling.
4) Spread a layer of mulch over the soil around your Cherry Tree to help encourage healthy growth and protect your tree from competing growth (weeds/grasses).

Watering: During the growing season, if your tree receives at least an inch of rain every 10 days then no additional irrigation is necessary. If the season is hot and dry then you may need to provide some additional water. The best way to water is by using a slow trickling garden hose left at the base of the tree. This will allow the water to penetrate the soil more deeply and prevent it from running off over the soil surface. Make sure the ground is fully moisturized all around the root system. Mulching will greatly assist in maintaining soil moisture.

Pruning:  A year after planting your Cherry Tree, prune your tree in the late to end of winter while dormant. Shape the tree to encourage horizontal branch growth with space between branches. Prune once a year as necessary to remove weak, drooping branches. These are usually poor fruit bearing branches and removing them will encourage positive air flow and healthy growth. Also make sure light can penetrate the center of the canopy.

Fertilization: Good, nutrient rich soil should only require the addition of nitrogen. Fertilize in the spring and mid-summer using nitrogen fertilizer twice annually applying 2 weeks after planting and 4 weeks after the first application. Use a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 and apply at the rate of 0.05 pounds of actual nitrogen per dose.  Fertilizer application ratios vary upon the formulation so be sure to follow package directions. When applying, be sure fertilizer is 6 to 8 inches away from the trunk around the tree to prevent the roots from burning. Organic fertilizers such as manure or blood meal are highly discouraged as their nitrogen levels cannot be measured. Keep in mind that Cherry Trees require high levels of nitrogen early in the season and lower levels during the late summer.

Pests: Cherry Trees can be susceptible to Brown Rot. The best prevention for this problem is proper pruning to provide good air circulation. Be sure there is ample room between branches. Remove any infected blossoms, fruit or leaves and inspect your tree continuously to catch any early signs of the disease. To spot Brown Rot, look for brown, soggy flowers or mummified looking fruit on your tree. For control once the disease is recognized, use a sulfur spray 4 times: when flower buds are pink, when flowers are open, right after petal fall, and 2 weeks after petal fall.

Tips:
*Surround your Cherry Tree with a thin layer of mulch each spring.
*In colder climates, avoid fertilizing after midsummer to prevent new growth that won’t harden before fall frosts.
*Prevent animals such as rabbits from damaging your tree by placing a circular wire about a foot high around the base of the tree especially during winter.
*To avoid root injury, place fertilizer in a band 6 to 8 inches from the trunk around the tree. Organic forms of fertilizer (manure, blood meal or bone meal) are not recommended due to the element analysis being unavailable and that those nutrients may be released throughout the season.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Pollinator for Bing
Harold W on Jun 5, 2018
Minnesota Hardy
Rosemary L on May 1, 2018
Pollinator for Bing
Harold W on Jun 5, 2018
Its sweet
Benilda C on May 18, 2018
Minnesota Hardy
Rosemary L on May 1, 2018
Hope this will give fruits in a year or two.
Narayanan Nair G on Apr 22, 2018
Growing Region
Gerald G on Apr 20, 2018
love the tree, we had one when I was a child.
wendy w on Apr 14, 2018
I never had this tree so I try to plant it....
Jenny Y on Apr 4, 2018
Beautiful color, dwarf tree
Debby B on Mar 5, 2018
I love to just pick them off the tree and eat. They are so...... good!
Elizabeth M on Mar 3, 2018
Better for area. Love the flavor.
Ronnie G on Feb 11, 2018
Heavy producer
Teresa M on Jan 27, 2018
For the fruit
Tina D on Jan 25, 2018
Because it will produce great fruit for my growing area. Who knew they would grow here, waay behind times.
Richard T on Jan 21, 2018
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
like
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
Its sweet
Benilda C on May 18, 2018
Hope this will give fruits in a year or two.
Narayanan Nair G on Apr 22, 2018
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
If I purchase a Rainer and a Bing cherry tree...how 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.
How often should a newly planted rainier tree be watered?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I say rule of thumb, water every day, unless it rains, until you see new growth. Then cut back to twice a week. Once well established once a week is good.
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
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.

Blessings,

Lorrie

Lorrie
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 ??
Hello
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.
thanks
Yogesh Ajmire
Yogesh on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Yogesh,

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!

Lorrie
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.
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.
How long does it take for the trees to start bearing fruit?
Delitha G on Jul 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I got 2 blossoms the 3rd year. one pollinated and was aborted,. this is year 4. Hope to get enough to make something from them.
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
How tall did your Ranier Trees grow after the first year?
lovin' papayas on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine grew 3 ft. 3 years in a row.
When is the best time to plant this tree in middle Tennessee?
Lexie on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I live in middle GA and planted mine in early spring. It is doing fantastic. I wanted to give it all spring and summer to develop the root system before winter hits.
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.
I want to buy one but I live on a zone 9 Mission TX , if I buy a pr. Will they survive??? It is alot hotter and humid here?
NILDA M on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine did not survive. I received it the leaves were damaged by insect eating holes. I also contacted the company and no response.
Why can it not ship to Idaho?
Staples15 on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Due to the Agricultural Restrictions in the State of Idaho, we cannot ship Cherry Trees into your state.
Can a Rainier Cherry Tree pollinate with an apple tree? Or does it need to be another cherry tree in order to get cherries???
schony on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No they will not cross pollinate one another.
Can I buy two Ranier trees and get fruit or do I have to buy another variety to match with the ranier?
Richard D on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You would need a different variety such as a Bing, Black Tartarian, Montmorency, Stella, Royal Ann or a Lapins Cherry.

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