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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Prunus Tai-Haku is a tree celebrated in traditional Japanese art and cinema for its majestic blossoms that evoke a sense of ancient Japan. Once considered extinct and presumed to exist only in historical depictions, a stroke of luck led to the discovery of a specimen thriving in a hobbyist’s garden in Sussex, England in the early 1920s. This chance encounter allowed the revival of this lost beauty without any interference, enabling the global propagation of Tai-Haku, with all specimens worldwide tracing their roots back to this singular tree discovered in Sussex.

The brilliant white blossoms possess a pure, almost icy blue undertone, devoid of any pink or purple hues. Their flawless, unwrinkled edges and their larger size than other Prunus blossoms, enhance their graceful beauty. Notably, these single flowers appear early in the trees life, providing immediate enjoyment.

To accentuate the purity of the blossoms, they open simultaneously with the unfolding of the coppery green leaves, creating a striking contrast. As autumn arrives, the leaves transition to shades of gold, adding warm hues to the landscape.

The wide-reaching canopy of the Tai-Haku extends horizontally, more than it does vertically, resembling an ancient crown delicately suspended above the surroundings. This tree brings illumination to any location, making it ideal for expansive public spaces, green verges in new housing developments, and meticulously designed landscapes in estates and stately homes. Its grandeur also lends itself to creating impressive entrances for business parks and prominent hotels.

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Size

Small

6m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

This works wonderfully as a specimen tree within a space that encourages its lateral growth. Perfect for the finest of public open spaces, including estates and stately homes, business parks and prominent hotels.

Canopy

This medium sized tree will grow out as it matures, reaching out further than it grows in height. Its majestic form resembles a white crown sitting upon the landscape.

Foliage

Leaves unfold a coppery green colour, transitioning to a gold during autumn.

Flowers

Single flowers which are the most graceful of all cherries. They are brilliant white without a single hue of pink, purple or yellow. They are elegantly larger then other cherries, where the petals have no crinkles or blemishes.

Resilience

Suitable for most soil types, but requires free draining soil as does not tolerate water logging.

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature, Multi-stem

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