Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-15 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Prunus avium 'Rainier'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, WA
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 hardy 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.
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.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
This is the fifth cherry tree I have planted the first four were from a different company shipped bare root I planted them according to the directions all four died. The tree a received from this company was healthy when I received it and is doing great I am looking forward to having cherries next year. I will be buying all my trees from here.
This tree started out find but soon started to loose it leaves and now only has about ten or so at the very top of the tree I have tried to water it more or less and still it looks poorly hope it will recover and grow me some cherries.
I've planted more than a dozen different trees from Fast Growing Trees and this is the most sickly of the lot. I planted one of these last November. It never came out of dormancy this spring. I got a second one on the warranty [which doesn't cover the whole cost by the way] and it's still the most sickly of all the trees that I planted. I recommend the Stella and the Bing both are very healthy in my yard.
Packaging must be tough.
These trees must have brittle branches. I bought two and they were broken when they arrived. Much to Fast Growing trees good nature I was sent two more which also didn't make it. I planted them but don't expect much as they have no central branch. They should not sell them until they figure a better way to package them. Otherwise these guys are great! I have bought many trees and otherwise am satisfied.
Do Not Reccomend
The tree arrived and was planted within 2 days. It never leafed out fully and was completely dead within 6 weeks.
Planting & Care
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 4-9, 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.
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.
*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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 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.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|