Great White Cherry Prunus Tai Haku

Description & features

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Size and quantity

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£60.00
30L pot size / 2.4-3.5m
£180.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

PRUNUS TAI HAKU – Great White Cherry

Characteristics

The Great White Cherry is a medium sized vigorous wide spreading tree.  Its key feature is the large pure white flowers which are held in bunches profusely all over the tree, just as the coppery young leaves emerge in the middle of April.

This tree has a distinctive flat top when mature and can be wider than taller, being about 7m (20Ft) in all directions in 25 years.

Where to grow

Ornamental cherries grow best in full sun on moist fertile deep loamy soils.  They will therefore grow well in most garden or parkland positions.  Poor soils should have organic matter added to the backfill during planting. They do not like waterlogged or permanently wet ground.  It is easy to grow in a sunny spot with well drained moisture retentive fertile soils.

Did you know?

Well known from historical records and drawings in Japan this spectacular cherry was thought lost until a specimen was discovered by chance in the 1920’s in a Sussex garden.  All the Tai Haku’s including those in Japan are descended from this single specimen.


 

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Leaf
Green
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
Uses
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Leaf
Green
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
Uses
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Sunil vidhani on 20/09/2016

Prunus tai haiku…..we are thinking of purchasing a tree from you…is there a preferred time of planting…. Which is better…buying in a pot or bare root? Anything else we need to know about this tree? Can it be delivered and planted straight away ?

Thanks

By Simon on 21/09/2016

Hello Sunil,

You can plant container grown trees at any time of year, but autumn is a particularly good time as it allows the tree to establish some roots before the cold weather comes along, ready to spring into life next year. This is the advantage of buying container-grown compared to bare root, as the latter are only available during dormancy (approx. November to March). If you are near the nursery you can also come and choose your own container grown tree, whereas we would choose a bare root tree for you.

We can deliver container grown trees in 1-4 weeks depending on your location. Bare root trees will be sent out from November. Please see delivery information here: http://www.chewvalleytrees.co.uk/about/delivery

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