Rainier cherry is large, yellow cherry with red blush, very firm yellow-white flesh. Rainier is similar to Napoleon, but resists splitting and tolerates hot summers. As with Napoleon tend to be less inviting to birds thanks to the light skin. Ripens just before Bing. Pollinized by Bing, Black Tartarian, Napoleon, Van or Lapins.
Growing Considerations for Rainier Cherry
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9
Pollinate with one of the following: Black Tartarian,Napoleon, Lapins, Skeena, Stella,
Mature Size: 12-16 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft. summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Soil Requirement: Soil must drain quickly for sweet cherries
Years to bear: 1-3 years
Shape when shipped: Whip (no side branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 5 to 7ft. in field (trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped)
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Note on Shipping:
Our Cherry trees are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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