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One of the most in-demand varieties, for both its taste and beauty. Large, yellow fruit with a half-red blush; birds are less attracted, due to the yellow half. Very firm, sweet flesh has a fine texture and distinct, outstanding flavor. Bud-hardy and crack-resistant, making it the cherry of choice for backyard gardeners. A cross of the Bing and Van varieties. Prefers well-drained soil. Excellent for baking, canning, freezing and eating out of hand. Ripens end of May/early June, depending upon growing zone. Stores well. Best pollinators: Black Tartarian, Sam, or Stella.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late May/early June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Excellent, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 25' Tall X 18 - 25' Wide
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18' Tall X 15 - 18' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 25'
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18'


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
One of our favorite cherries
Dietra W on Jan 14, 2020
Eat fresh
Daniel A on Jan 4, 2020
One of our favorite cherries
Dietra W on Jan 14, 2020
To test out, for flowers and maybe fruits if lucky.
May S on Jan 9, 2020
Eat fresh
Daniel A on Jan 4, 2020
I have bought these cherry's in the store before and really like them and neighbors across the valley said they do better here than Bing cherry's so I choose to try these!!
Trish on Dec 28, 2019
Rainier cherries are incredible tasting and very expensive in the stores.
Del T on Dec 7, 2019
We have always enjoyed eating Rainer cherries but they are the most expensive per pound in the grocery stores
dewaine n on May 12, 2019
Adapted for northern Iowa.
Terry M on May 11, 2019
Versatile cherry!
Vandi L on May 7, 2019
High quality plants, exceptionally strong
Robert B on Apr 30, 2019
I've eaten these cherries before and I like the taste....
Chris B on Apr 21, 2019
Another sweet Cherry to aid in pollination of the Bing and Windsor I ordered :)
BRADLEY S on Apr 14, 2019
excellent cherries
ROBERT P on Apr 7, 2019
I love Rainiers!
mary s on Mar 18, 2019
Chose to pollinate other cherry trees and like the cherries.
Renee R on Mar 12, 2019
Ate these as a child. Yum.
Bob S on Mar 7, 2019
Good cherry and a second one for pollination. Good tasting too.
RJ M on Mar 4, 2019
Favorite cherry, will be potting this Spring awaiting pollinator Sam to ship this fall. Fall plantings are most successful in my area for orchard.
Charla E on Feb 24, 2019
Just the most perfect eating cherries. Beautiful rich taste!
Travis L on Feb 8, 2019
From the information supplied by your web site.
Randy K on Jan 17, 2019
Rainier cherries are expensive to buy at the store and this will fit my backyard nicely.
William M on May 12, 2018
Sweet, good for eating canning or freezing.
Kelly E on May 10, 2018
Great tasting cherry when we can get them in the stores. I want to try and grow my own.
Harvey R on May 5, 2018
Love the fruit!!!
Tonya B on May 2, 2018
My favorite homegrown cherry to date. Had one for about 10 years along with several other varieties and it survived the bird invasions so our family could actually enjoy some.
David S on Feb 20, 2018
To test out, for flowers and maybe fruits if lucky.
May S on Jan 9, 2020
I have bought these cherry's in the store before and really like them and neighbors across the valley said they do better here than Bing cherry's so I choose to try these!!
Trish on Dec 28, 2019
Will Bing and Rainier cross pollinate?
Woody on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will.
Will this be a good pollinator with a starkrimson cherry tree?
Eric S on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Starkrimson Cherry is self-pollinating, but performs better with another sweet cherry variety nearby. Rainier requires a pollinator, and Starkrimson's bloom time has enough overlap with Rainier to take care of pollinating it.
is this a dwarf or semi dwarf or standard tree?
wpdjr on Sep 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I ordered this tree in January of 2018 and received the standard size. I don't recall if other sizes were available.
Will this pollinate with a Kristin cherry tree?
Jamie on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. Both are exceptionally good varieties.
Can emperor sweet cherry pollinate Rainer?
Tessie R on May 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. They are in the same flowering group.
Would a Stella cherry tree cross pollinate with a Raynier cherry?
Judy L on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not. Stella blooms far too late to pollinate Rainier, which is in flowering group 2. Stella is in group 4.
If I use Black Tartarian Cherry as a pollinator for this tree, what pollinates the Black Tartarian Cherry?
Gary W on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Rainier will pollinate the Black Tartarian because they bloom at approximately the same time.
Should we expect to have insect problems if we planted a Rainier cherry in Western Washington?
Donna G on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Donna, Thank you for your question. A cherry tree may experience issues caused by pests or diseases. Factors such as location, weather, and upkeep play a part in which issues your cherry tree encounters and how well it stands up against them. For local advice, please contact your local Extension Service Office or College of Agriculture at your state university. Your planting success is important to us!
How tall and wide is the rainier cherry tree?
Carol S on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: About 10-15' tal and wide, with proper care and feeding.
Will a Carmine Jewel pollinate this tree?
Teresa S on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it will not, as they are different species.
Could blackgold be used as a pollinator for rainier?
stephen a on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they're in the same flowering group.
Where are you located? Could I pick up tree?
Tom S on Mar 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sure, if you live anywhere near Louisiana, MO, the retail Garden Center is located at the intersection of Highway NN and West Georgia Street.

Customer Reviews

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Vigorous but....
Excited to see Rainier Sweet cherry offered as we love them. It sprouted quickly here in SE Wisconsin, but we find the local Japanese Beetles love them too! Skeletonized much of the new leaves quickly; hoping it will survive a cold winter ahead. Stay tuned.
September 4, 2018
1 year ago
Preferred treat for Japanese Beetles
It took off right after planting and was super happy until the beetles came. I have 4 cherry trees in my front yard and the Japanese beetles skipped over the other 3 to devour this one. It didn't make it through its first spring. I will try a different variety next time.
December 19, 2018
I just purchased it this year and is doing fantastic. I am very satisfied with the process it is making.
July 13, 2018
1 year ago
Happy with my purchase
It’s alive and doing well, second year, it even has a couple of flowers on it,
May 16, 2019
1 year ago
The trees from Stark Bro's are doing well and I look forward to a bounded harvest in the future. TY Stark Bro's !
September 7, 2018
1 year ago
Rainier cherry tree
I got the cherry tree in good condition. It is growing well and now I see leaves coming out. Last year I had small black slugs on the leaves and I would like to know how can I protect my tree from being devoured by these slugs. They really stick to the leaves. Is there something organic or non chemical I can spray on the leaves? What kind of organic fertilizer can I use to make the tree grow healthy. What mulch can I use to keep the moisture since it is super dry here in the summer and windy too? If you can give me instructions for care of the tree I would appreciate it. Thanks for checking on my tree.
May 5, 2019
1 year ago
The moles and ground marmots ate the roots,Sorry! Robert Forman Forman farm, Eagle ID.83616
May 2, 2019
over 2 years ago
Never a disappointed!
I have used Stark Brothers for approximately five to six years now. I have never been disappointed in anything they've sent. when you get them you think they're going to be dead within a month but just the opposite happens. This company knows what a tree is all about and how to make it grow fast and get thick and healthy. Do not take chances on false reports when someone can verify for you the actuality of the quality of this company.
May 9, 2019
1 year ago
Beautiful Rainier Cherry tree
The Rainier Cherry tree just leafed out. No flowers yet but can't wait for my favorite cherries in years to come.
May 3, 2019
over 2 years ago
Happy healthy tree
I planted my Rainier Cherry tree last spring and it made it through the winter and is very healthy. No complaints.
June 3, 2019
1 year ago