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Prunus Taihaku


Great white cherry

Vigorous variety and cascades of flowers

A medium-sized, vigorous and wide spreading tree that is covered in bunches of large pure white flowers in April, highlighting the emerging young bronze leaves. Later, in autumn, these leaves turn yellow-orange.


This plant grows best in full sun and is perfect for informal gardens or as a specimen tree. A sheltered spot will protect the blossom from cold winds.


It grows best any deep, fertile, well-drained soil.

This ornamental tree from Japan was thought to be extinct until a specimen was found in a garden in Sussex in the 1920s - it has made a great come back.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 500 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 960 cm - 1200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 220 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Clay, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Check store availability

10 litre pot £34.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From February to September