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Tai-haku

Prunus Tai-haku blossom

Taihaku or Tai-Haku, is a traditional white-flowered Japanese flowering cherry.

It is notable for its very large single white flowers, probably the largest of any flowering cherry. It is sometimes known as the "Great White Cherry" for this reason.

As well as the stunning spring blossom display, Tai-Haku also has attractive dark bark, and the leaves turn yellow-orange in autumn.

Tai-haku japanese flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Tai-Haku is a versatile tree for the larger garden, it grows rapidly into a medium-large spreading tree. However do not be put off by its reputation for getting larger and larger - we graft the tree on to a cherry rootstock which will keep the mature height down to around 4m-5m, while retaining its beautiful proportions.

History

Tai-haku is a form of Prunus serrulata, which is the traditional Japanese garden cherry ("sato-zakura"). Surprisingly it died out in its native country, but in the 1930s the English flowering cherry enthusiast Major Colllingwood Ingram discovered a tree growing in a garden south of London, and identified it from an 18th century Japanese painting. This remarkable piece of botanical detective work cemented Collingwood Ingram's place as the foremost expert of his generation, in both the west and in Japan. All modern examples of this important variety are descended from the English tree.

Tai-haku characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden MeritRHS Award of Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive barkScented flowers
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering seasonMid-season
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves appear first
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsOccasional flooding
  • Country of originJapan
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

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How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.