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Rainier Cherry Tree

Prunus avium 'Rainier'
Rainier Cherry Tree
Rainier Cherry Tree
Rainier Cherry Tree
Rainier Cherry Tree
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Rainier Cherry Tree

Prunus avium 'Rainier'

Deliciously Sweet, Golden Yellow Cherries

  • Fruits in May or June
  • Easy to grow
  • Showy, pink blooms in the spring
  • Attracts less birds than red cherries
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Product Details

growing zone 5-8 Growing Zones 5-8
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Sunlight Full
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Pink
Shipping Restriction AZ, ID, WA

For some of the sweetest cherries available, the Rainier Cherry tree produces an abundance of fruit early in the season – May to June. This tree is very easy to grow and maintain, with good drought tolerance and the ability to adapt to nearly any soil type.

The Rainier Cherry tree is not self-fertile and does require a cross-pollinator. The Bing Cherry Tree and the Montmorency Cherry tree are great options – you'll have fruit through June with these options.

Rainier Cherry Tree FAQ

Is the Rainier Cherry Tree self-fertile?

No. The Rainier Cherry tree needs another variety in order to produce fruit. Effective pollinators include the Bing Cherry Tree or Montmorency Cherry Tree.

When is the best time to plant a Rainier Cherry Tree?

The best time to plan is in spring or autumn – this gives the tree the best chance to adapt to the new environment and recover its growth faster. However, you can plant as long as the ground is not frozen. 

Rainier Cherry Tree Care


The Rainier Cherry tree prefers full sun so choose a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. When you're ready to plant, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Place the tree in hole and backfill with soil, watering as you go in order to settle the soil and remove air pockets. Apply 2-3 inches of mulch to preserve moisture.


If your tree receives an inch of rain every 7-10 days, then you do not need to water it. However, during long periods of extreme heat or prolonged periods without rain, you may need to additional water. Use a hose at a slow trickle for 30-60 seconds once a week. Not sure when to water? Push your finger 2 inches into the soil. If it is dry, it's time to water.


Fertilize in the spring and again midsummer with a low-nitrogen, balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Apply 6-8 inches away from the trunk. Apply 2 weeks after planting and 4 weeks after the first application.


Prune any dead or diseased branches. To encourage horizontal branch growth, prune once a year in late winter when the tree is dormant.

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