Great White Cherry

The Prunus ‘Tai Haku,’ commonly known as the Great White Cherry or Taihaku Cherry, is renowned for its distinctive bark and impressive height. The bark of this ornamental cherry tree has a smooth, coppery sheen with horizontal lenticels, adding an aesthetic appeal to its overall appearance.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and dark green leaves that turn yellow in autumn.


The Produce

While 'Tai-haku' does not produce fruit like some other cherry varieties, its primary attraction lies in the large, pure white blossoms that cover the tree in spring. These blossoms, which can reach up to 2.5 inches in diameter, create a breath-taking visual display.


The Flowers

Produces large clusters of pure white flowers in spring, which are highly ornamental.


The Leaves

The foliage is deciduous, and each leaf typically exhibits a simple, ovate to lanceolate shape.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and reddish-brown with prominent horizontal lenticels.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The fruit is eaten by birds and small mammals.


The Culture

Popular in ornamental landscaping for its beautiful spring blossoms and attractive form.


Fun Facts

The Great White Cherry is celebrated for its early and striking display of flowers, making it a favorite in spring gardens.

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