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Prunus 'Taihaku' Tree

Great White Cherry Tree

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

Prunus 'Taihaku' is a splendid ancient variety of the 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 clean, icy white, single flowers that emerge from pink buds in April. They are most outstanding as they are larger than most other ornamental cherry flowers, measuring around 5cm across and give it its common name, Great white cherry. Bronze leaves appear with the flowers in spring, giving an attractive foil before turning mid-green in summer and then vibrant yellow and orange in the autumn.

This medium sized flowering cherry tree has a rounded habit and will grow to 6 x 5 metres in 20 years, suited to most except wet or shallow chalky soils. Pollution tolerant, this tree does well in urban planting. Beautiful when used in avenue plantings and equally as magnificent as a single specimen, 'Taihaku' is probably one of the best white Flowering cherry trees available and will light up any space with its pure white blossom.

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10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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55L pot 4.5 - 6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, approx 14-16cm girth £239.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver. All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge. Although it is rarely a problem, we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Non Mainland UK and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Prunus 'Taihaku' Trees

When planting Great white cherry trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. If you have purchased a bare root flowering cherry tree you will be planting between November and March. Your tree will establish more successfully in November or December than if planted in March. If you are not planting your bare root flowering cherry tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in then gently firm around. If you’re not planting for a day or two you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed. Pot grown Flowering cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year.

To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

After Care Advice for Prunus 'Taihaku' Trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Prunus 'Taihaku' Trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your Great White Cherry tree to its own devices, it can be encouraged by gentle pruning. If you prune it for the first few years it will create a more balanced branch framework. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. However, the formative pruning that you have already carried out will have led to a healthier tree, less likely to need this.

Prunus 'Taihaku' Tree (Great White Cherry Tree) Description

  • Common name: Great white cherry
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Large white flowers and bronze leaves in spring, mid-green foliage in summer, turning vibrant shades of yellow and orange in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all but wet or shallow, chalky soils