Bright yellow, with pink and red blush cover the white-yellow flesh and one of the highest sugar levels of all premium sweet cherries. Thin skinned, the flavor of the Rainer with its rich sweetness and frim flesh has been the reason it has become one of the most popular sweet cherries.
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Prunus avium 'Rainier'
A more recent introductions, the Rainier is a cross between the popular Bing cherry and the late season intense flavored Van cherry. Introduced in 1952 by Washington State University it did not take long for Rainier to become one of the most popular backyard varieties. Bright yellow, with pink and red blush cover the white-yellow flesh and one of the highest sugar levels of all premium sweet cherries. Thin skinned, the flavor of the Rainer with its rich sweetness and frim flesh has been the reason it has become one of the most popular sweet cherries. Harvesting in mid June to early July this is a great mid season variety to pear up with the Bing Cherry. Requiring a pollinizer most of the sweet cherry varieties should work fine. Lapin and Sweet heart are some suggestions for great pollinators. Used for eating fresh or of course, they also are a delicious choice in desserts. Rainier cherry in ice cream, anyone? This is a variety that sells out early so get that order in soon
Rainier Cherries can reach 30 feet or more if let to grow. All fruit trees can be held below 10 feet with summer pruning.
8 to 10 Feet on Center, can be held to any size with summer pruning
Cherries grow best in full sun in a location that gets at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Try to select a location that has good air drainage, where cold air or frost will not settle. Choose a protected location that is sheltered from wind. Water regularly, at least weekly, during the first year. Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. Cherries prefer well-drained soil. If poor drainage is suspected build a mound or a raised bed 12 to 18 inches high. Mulching helps retain moisture and stabilizes the soil temperature. When harvesting cherries, pick them with the stems attached, and avoid tearing off the fruit spur that will produce fruit year after year.