About This Plant

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 features a smooth, coppery sheen with horizontal lenticels, adding an aesthetic appeal to its overall appearance. As the tree matures, the bark tends to develop a prominent horizontal banding pattern. This deciduous tree can reach a height of about 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) at maturity.

The Story


The leaves of Prunus ‘Tai Haku’ are characterized by their vibrant green colour and distinct features. The foliage is deciduous, and each leaf typically exhibits a simple, ovate to lanceolate shape. The margins are serrated or toothed, adding texture to the overall appearance. The leaves are arranged alternately along the branches, creating an elegant and balanced pattern.


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.
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