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Prunus 'Taihaku' Tree

Great White Cherry Tree
  • From £40 (inc VAT)

Prunus 'Taihaku' is a splendid ancient variety of flowering Cherry tree from Japan. After becoming extinct in Japan, a single variety was found in a garden in Sussex which has allowed this marvellous ornamental tree to live on.

Prunus 'Taihaku' has large, icy white, single flowers that emerge from pink buds in April. Measuring around 5cm across, the flowers are larger than most ornamental cherry flowers and give it its common name, Great white cherry. Bronze leaves appear with the blossom in spring, giving an attractive foil before turning mid-green in summer and then vibrant yellow and orange in the autumn.

A medium sized cherry blossom tree, 'Taihaku' will grow to 6 x 5 metres in 20 years and has a rounded habit. It is suited to most well-draining soils and is pollution tolerant so will do well in urban settings. Beautiful when used in avenue planting and or as a single specimen, the Great White Cherry tree is probably one of the best white flowering Cherry trees available.

AKA Great White Cherry tree, Prunus 'Tai haku', Prunus 'Tai-haku'

  • Common name: Great White Cherry tree
  • Latin name: Prunus 'Taihaku'
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 5 metres
  • Flowers: Large white single flowers in spring
  • Foliage: Bronzed in spring, matures to green, yellow/orange in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all but wet or shallow, chalky soils
  • Position: Full sun

Planting Advice For Prunus 'Taihaku' Trees

Our pot grown Great White Cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year. Choose location away from strong winds to protect the blossom, then remove surrounding weeds and grass. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and twice as wide. To help the tree establish, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting Taihaku Cherry trees (except multi-stem forms) with a stake and tie kit to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide. Finish by watering generously around the base.

After Care Advice For Prunus 'Taihaku' Trees

Water Great White Cherry trees well and regularly through the first spring and summer, increasing in periods of hot or dry weather. In autumn, you may only need to water a little. Our Irrigation kits aid establishment.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice For Prunus 'Taihaku' Trees

The best time of year to prune Great White Cherry trees is straight after flowering.  It is beneficial to carry out formative pruning for the first few years by creating a balanced branch framework and removing badly placed shoots.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. Further details can be found in the pruning guide.

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Delivery Times

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Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Prunus 'Taihaku' Form: Tree Top grafted at 120cm Size: 125-175cm Root type: Bare root Prunus 'Taihaku' Price £40 (inc VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 120cm 125-175cm Bare root £40 (inc VAT)
Prunus 'Taihaku' Form: Single stem tree Size: 100-150cm Root type: 9L pot* Prunus 'Taihaku' Price £50 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 100-150cm 9L pot* £50 (inc VAT)
Prunus 'Taihaku' Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Prunus 'Taihaku' Price £70 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 10L pot* £70 (inc VAT)
Prunus 'Taihaku' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot* Prunus 'Taihaku' Price £245 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £245 (inc VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Prunus 'Taihaku' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot* Prunus 'Taihaku' Price £275 (inc VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot* £275 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)