Rainier Cherry Tree

Rainier Cherry Tree


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World’s Best Sweet Variety Rainier Cherry

  • Mid-Season
  • 700 Chill Hours
  • Precocious Variety Starts Bearing Fruit as a Young Tree
  • Considered to be the Finest of the Sweet Cherries
  • Superior Quality, Exceptionally Sweet Fruit
  • Stunning Pink and White Spring Flowers
  • Golden Yellow Fall Color
  • Cold Hardy

Have you ever enjoyed a bag of succulent Rainier cherries from a Farmer’s Market? It was developed in the Pacific Northwest at Washington State University, and named for the area’s highest peak.

The super sweet taste is just as incredible as it’s namesake, Mount Rainier. It was originally produced by crossing the popular Bing Cherry with the age-old favorite, Van Cherry.

You won’t want to miss growing the early-bearing, precocious Rainier Cherry (Prunus avium ‘Rainier’) in your backyard orchard. This is an outstanding sweet cherry tree that produces large, delicious yellow fruit with a beautiful dark red blush.

Rainier is one of the world’s sweetest yellow cherries and is in high demand by home gardeners. No wonder, as this low-maintenance tree is easy to grow.

It’s often called a “white cherry” for its creamy, white flesh, or a “blond cherry” for its yellow skin that’s blushed red. Rainier is prized for its exceptionally sweet fruit.

It is often considered the best yellow cherry ever developed and is even considered by some to be the best of ALL Cherry tree varieties.

The tree starts bearing fruit at a young age. Plan to start enjoying your delicious harvest in mid-season, when other garden treats are just getting started.

The thin-skinned fruit typically has a very high sugar content, measuring in at 20 to 25 Brix rates. These are much higher sugar levels than the Bing Cherry or other red Cherry tree selections.

Rainier is a pretty, upright Cherry tree. It looks lovely in fruit, flower and with fall color.

You’ll adore the pastel spring blooms almost as much as the cherries. The pink-tinted, white blossoms are beautifully displayed upon the bare limbs before leaves emerge.

The red fruit makes a wonderfully ornamental display, as well as a delicious crop. In autumn, Rainier puts on another show when its foliage transitions to spicy tones of bronze and yellow.

How to Use Rainier Cherry in the Landscape

Rainier is a prolific and heavy bearer, even while young. You’ll have plenty of sweet and healthy cherries to cook, freeze or just eat fresh right off the tree. Is there anything better?

Rainier Cherry tree requires a pollinator. We recommended you include a later ripening Van, Lapin’s or Sweetheart Cherry as a pollination partner. You’ll extend your harvest by almost a month with a careful selection of later-bearing partner trees.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Ensure that your planting site has good air circulation, too.

Choose a planting site that gets morning sun, if you can. The drying power of the morning sun quickly takes care of morning dew to keep your plants healthy.

It’s easy to prune Rainier Cherry tree to under 10 feet tall. This is called summer size control pruning, and it makes harvest a lot easier.

Watch our YouTube channel for more information on proven backyard orchard culture techniques!

The only thing that remains is how quickly you can get one in the ground. The sooner you have it planted the sooner you’ll be enjoying the finest cherry variety ever created.

Order Rainier Cherry from Nature Hills today!

Recommended pollinators: Van, Lapins, Bing, Stella

Additional information


Rainier Cherry Tree – #3 Container 4-5 Feet