Prunus ‘Taihaku’, also known as the Great White Cherry has an interesting history!
It was re-introduced into its native Japan by the famous cherry enthusiast Captain Collingwood Ingram in 1932 after he found a species growing in a garden in Sussex.
This tree has long been favoured, winning the First Class Certificate in 1944, the Award of Merit in 1931 and the Award of Garden Merit in 2002. This “great” tree certainly lives up to its name, producing an unrivalled display of blossom.
It is a beautifully free flowering Japanese Cherry species, giving its best display in spring when the large, single white flowers emerge profusely and contrast brilliantly with the young, copper coloured foliage.
In the autumn time this tree presents another show of colour with its foliage turning yellow/orange before falling.
Prunus ‘Taihaku’ is a medium sized tree producing a rounded shaped crown at maturity.
Like all cherries, it prefers to be planted on a well-drained soil, avoid clay and wet soils.
Consider the location of planting carefully so the beauty of this tree can be fully appreciated. It is a useful choice for avenue planting, where planting distances of approximately 10-15m is recommended.
This tree is good for bees and other pollinators.
Mature height: 5-8m