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Rainier Cherry Tree

Prunus avium 'Rainier'


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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.

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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

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.


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25 ft.

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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

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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
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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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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
10 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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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
1 year ago
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Seems to be growing very slow. Looks healthy but no blossoms.
May 10, 2016
Dallas, TX
1 year ago
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Love love it
I get my Rainer cherry I always wanted that cherry never know it could grow in Connecticut after a friend buy it last year I said I will try it I love cherry
July 20, 2016
Bloomfield , CT
10 months ago
Doing well in the area planted. New leaf growth but no cherries this year
July 31, 2015
1 year ago
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So far this tree is growing well, it is full of leaves. I am hoping that in the next year or 2 to be harvesting cherries from it.
May 4, 2016
1 year 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?
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Wife loves fresh fruit & I'd like to see produce in our yard.
PHILIP G on Apr 25, 2017
hardy in northern states, sweet cherry
Rusty W on Apr 20, 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
I'd heard these are the sweetest cherries. One of my trees is dying and the other is fine, keep it out of all day sun!
Ashley H on Jul 16, 2016
These have been a favorite of mine since childhood when my grandparents owned several trees. They make a wonderful tree boarder for our back yard and the reward is a ton of beautiful sweet golden cherries that are far to expensive to enjoy from the market, the flavor is always better home grown as well.
Deborah I on Jul 15, 2016
Cus my pomogranet tree was very heathy that why i like this.I hope my rainer cherry tree will be healthy too.please send me healthy tree.THANKS
sukhwant k on Jul 15, 2016
My wife love these cherrys, and wanted to plant her own to grow, and I pray that it will bring her joyful years of producing fruit.
Robert B on Jul 2, 2016
This was also good so I decided to buy it.
Thinh H on Jun 24, 2016
Richard N on Jun 19, 2016
I LOVE Rainier Cherries! They have always been one of my favorite fruits, and I am thrilled to get the chance to have my own supply, right in my own back yard! This tree has had SO many problems since I got it a couple of months ago -- extra roofs from the grafted portion which got infected, spotted leaves, wilting, etc -- but I am excited because it is finally perking up and has actually produced new leaves . . . I am really REALLY looking forward to when it starts fruiting in a year or two!!
julietmilaka on Jun 19, 2016
I love the taste of the Rainier Cherries. Too expensive to buy in the stores. Our grandchildren will love picking these and eating them right off the tree.
Robert B on Jun 16, 2016
Love cherries and needed a pollinator plant.
Antonio C on Jun 11, 2016
i think these trees will be a lovely addition to my yard .
james h on Apr 16, 2016
These are not he best cherries for baking, I cant wait to get them in the ground!
Terry M on Apr 15, 2016
Love cherries! Needed a pollinator.
Candace N on Apr 13, 2016
love these cheries
dotty on Apr 10, 2016
I've tried these trees before in Zone 8A and they didn't make the hot dry summer, but I'm trying again.
Lynn P on Apr 6, 2016
Love cherries. Most hardy for our region.
Sandy P on Apr 5, 2016
I LOVE Rainier Cherries... They are SOOOO Good!!!!
Angela R on Apr 4, 2016
Love Love Love Rainier Cherries
Kathy H on Apr 3, 2016
I was looking for a hardy plant that would produce here along the coast of Maine. The product information for this tree implies that it will do just that.
Misty P on Mar 29, 2016
Sweet tasting cherries!
Maria B on Mar 27, 2016
I love them . I can eat them and never tire of the great taste.
Pansy W on Mar 26, 2016
I love the cherry........ the best tasting cherry of its kind.......
Susan W on Mar 24, 2016
For the sweet Cherries it will bear!
LISA J on Mar 21, 2016
Looking for a smaller tree to grow in container
Donald M on Mar 10, 2016
Delicious cherries, not easy to find in stores, would like to try growing our own!
Kelly S on Feb 28, 2016
This is a beautiful fruit and I enjoy having access to fresh fruit in my backyard.
Amber O on Feb 25, 2016
LOVE the flavor! Our favorite variety of cherry!
KARL K on Feb 2, 2016
I like the blossoms
F. Russ H on Jan 21, 2016
This is a first for me. looking forward to trying my hand at growing cherries
Deborah S on Dec 12, 2015
I wanted something useful instead of just pretty to grow in my yard.
stafford p on Dec 10, 2015
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
Emergency choice, another vendor failed to deliver
Nelson1240 on Apr 20, 2017
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.
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?
When will you have more Rainier Cherry?
pellet on Jul 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Rainier cherries will be available for purchase Feb. 2 2016 and will be delivered according to your zonal area.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
Would this tree do well in LaGrange, Ga?
Cindy C on Jun 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
Do these trees do well in Oklahoma?
Jennifer B on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
I live in northern Florida, in Palm Coadt. The zone is 10. It does get cold here but only for a few months. Would the cherry trees survive in this climate?
Sandy H on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
I live in Austin Texas so will the Rainier tree survive and produce ? If so how long before it produces fruit ??
Jesse B on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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 ??
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 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.
Hello, I have 2 questions. We live outside of San Antonio, TX, 78015 (hill country). Would the tree survive? Does the tree drop its leaves in the fall?
Barbara U on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: LOL. I live in MONTANA can't answer your question
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.
when do you expect to get in more Rainier cherry trees?
Jamie D on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It will probably be the spring before we have them ready for shipping.

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