Rainier cherry / Gisela 3
Prized for its outstanding, zesty flavor, Rainier is a highly productive yellow sweet cherry with a red blush. The fruit is firm and large and the tree is vigorous. It does well in drier spring climates but often cracks in Western Washington. On Gisela 3 rootstock. Needs a pollenizer.
Gisela 3 is the most dwarfing of the Gisela rootstocks making a tree that grows to only 8 to 10 feet tall. It tends to make a broad tree excellent for a small area. Its small size and early heavy bearing are great attributes but because of this the tree needs good growing conditions to thrive. It is very precocious prompting the tree to bear heavily at an early age. It may require fruit thinning to maintain fruit size and avoid overbearing and having the tree stop growing. Regular irrigation is needed. It is not recommended for the heaviest bearing cultivars like Sweetheart. It is recommended that dormant pruning on all dwarf cherry trees be done in late winter before bloom time which reduces the chance of bacterial canker infestations.