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Prunus avium 'Rainier' (Sweet Cherry)

Sweet Cherry 'Rainier', Rainier Sweet Cherry


Regarded by many as the best yellow cherry, Prunus avium 'Rainier' is a large and vigorous cherry tree of pyramidal habit. In mid spring, it boasts an abundance of sweetly scented white flowers clustered along the branches. They are followed by a generous crop of very large, golden-yellow cherries with a showy red blush in early summer. Their creamy-white flesh is firm, very juicy, exceptionally sweet with a very high sugar content. They are excellent for eating fresh, canning or preserves. Its spreading canopy is adorned all summer long with smooth, lustrous, dark green leaves, which turn bronze and golden-yellow in fall. Requires cross-pollination with a compatible variety with the same bloom time such as Bing or Stella for best production. A popular, prolific and heavy bearer cherry variety.

  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall and wide (6-9 m) at maturity. Easy to prune to under 10 feet tall.
  • Performs best in full sun in moist, relatively fertile, well-drained soils. Sweet cherries are best suited to fan-training so they can be netted against bird damage and protected from frosts.
  • This cherry tree has a chill hours requirement of 700 (hours of temperatures below 45ºF (7ºC) in the winter for their buds to open in the spring)
  • Train fan-trained trees in spring. Prune established fans and carry out routine pruning on established cherry trees when harvesting the fruits in summer. Dead, weak or unnecessary branches can be pruned annually in late winter or early spring. Otherwise, little or no pruning is needed.
  • Protect from birds that damage buds and eat the fruit. May suffer from aphids, caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, winter moth caterpillars, silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt.
  • Propagate by chip budding or grafting on clonal rootstock for fruit.
  • Prunus avium species is native to Asia and Europe.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Fruit Trees, Cherries
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Summer (Early)
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Fruit Trees, Cherries
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Summer (Early)
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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