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Rainier Cherry

A popular fruit tree with showy white flowers in spring followed by sweet golden-yellow cherries with a reddish blush; needs full sun, well drained soil, and a pollinator

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Prunus
Species:
avium
Cultivar:
Rainier
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Sweet Cherry, Mazzard Cherry
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

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Landscape Attributes

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Planting & Growing

Rainier Cherry will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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