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Rainier Sweet Cherry

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Description

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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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
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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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

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
Dwarf 12 - 14' Tall X 12 - 14' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 25'
Dwarf 12 - 14'

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
Sweet, good for eating canning or freezing.
Kelly E on May 10, 2018
Love the fruit!!!
Tonya B on May 2, 2018
Sweet, good for eating canning or freezing.
Kelly E on May 10, 2018
Food
Penny W on May 6, 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
Food
Penny W on May 6, 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
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.
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.

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