Prunus serrulata Tai-haku

Prunus Tai-haku blossom
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  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Large
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold

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 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 trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Tai-haku tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£24.95
2-year Tai-haku tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£45.95


What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

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We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

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.

Tai-haku characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive bark Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Site conditions: Occasional flooding
  • Useful for: Open spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves appear first
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit RHS Award of Merit

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We have a very wide range of flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.


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