Prunus ‘Tai haku’ has pure large white single flowers grace this medium sized ornamental cherry [8m x 10m]. Young bronze foliage appears eventually turning green before bright red in the autumn.

The Cherry Orchard at The Alnwick Garden is home to the largest collection of ‘Tai Haku’ in the world, in spring its blossom falls like snow and gathers in drifts. Follow the blossom progress below with regular updates throughout the spring

2017 Tai Haku Cherry Blossom

  • Monday 17th April, 5pm

    Having had a fantastic showing of blossom, the petals are now starting to fall like snow covering the hillside with a white hue.


    If you haven’t seen the spectacle yet you have until the end of this week, depending on the weather before the leaves unfurl, tinged with copper and the blossom will be a memory until next spring.


    Within the next two weeks the alliums will produce their purple globes in amongst a cloud of white cow parsley to add interest to the Cherry Orchard.


    Trevor Jones


    Head Gardener


    Purple Sensation Alliums in the Cherry Orchard
    © Margaret Whittaker

  • Tuesday 11th April, 5pm

    The majority of the blossom is in full flower, but with the cold weather from the north some of the buds are still to open.


    We wait with great anticipation for the rest of the buds to open as the weather warms up and predict the blossom will be at its peak over the Easter Weekend.


    Trevor Jones

    Head Gardener

    Head Gardener Trevor Jones being interviewed in the Cherry Orchard. Picture © Margaret Whittaker.

  • Friday 7th April, 5pm

    The first of the blossom is now on display.

    Visitors to The Alnwick Garden this weekend will see the first of the 2017 season blossom, with the full display expected in time for the Easter Weekend.


    Most of the 326 ‘Tai Haku’ trees are now displaying some blossom, and with warm weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday the show will only get better.


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  • Monday 3rd April, 9am

    The cherry trees are enjoying the warm weather and as a result the leaf buds are starting to burst open to reveal flower buds behind.

    The earliest tree to flower in The Orchard is always at the top of the bank where it is exposed to the maximum amount of sunlight.

    This tree has one open flower this morning so I would predict that The Orchard will be at its best over the Easter weekend.

    Trevor Jones
    Head Gardener

  • Friday 24th March, 2pm

    A major feature of our spring garden is the fantastic display of white Japanese cherry blossom which decorates the 326 Prunus ‘Tai Haku’ trees in The Cherry Orchard, the largest collection of ‘Tai Haku’ in the world.

    The countdown for this fantastic display is underway and as a result of the mild winter and increasing spring temperatures the buds are swelling and predicted to open in time for the Easter weekend.

    We will keep you updated on the progress of the flower buds so you don’t miss the show.

    Trevor Jones
    Head Gardener

    Prunus ‘Tai-haku’ at The Alnwick Garden (C) MARGARET WHITTAKER

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