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 5 rootstock. Needs a pollenizer.
Gisela 5 is a dwarfing rootstock, 50% of standard size, that induces heavy early fruit production. Trees can be maintained at 10 to 12 feet tall. Gisela 5 is more forgiving of shallow soils and a better choice than the even more dwarfing Gisela 3 for people with enough room for this somewhat larger tree.