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EmmaMEmmaM Posts: 15

I have my heart set on a Tai Haku great white cherry tree for my garden but I would like some advice before I take the plunge.  Its a new garden as the house was only built last year so I want to get a bit of impact and hopefully some blossom next year if not this!

Firstly, my garden is south facing but the tree would be at the far end where there is a large hedge.  I have pretty heavy soil, the place where the tree would be is on a slope but it has been fairly soggy down there over the winter.  Will it be ok?

Secondly, when is the best time to plant the tree?  And where should I consider buying one from?  I want it to be a decent size so that its not completely shaded by the hedge.

Any help/tips/advice would be greatly appreciated...


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,166

    Hi Emma. What a beautiful choice of tree. I think that most peoples gardens have been soggy for quite some time but if your garden drains quickly then the cherry should be fine. It also needs to be a fairly deep soil and preferably not overlying chalk. To buy a tree of a decent size you will have to pay quite a lot of money. How high is the hedge? You also need to think about competition for water and nutrients so the tree should not be planted too close to the hedge. It will love the sun in your garden. Now is a good time to plant and I'm sure you will find several suppliers of this tree. Good luck!

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  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,058

    Hi, i have tai haku planted 2 years ago, similar position, south facing slope. Soggy now but but gets dry in summer. They have done very well, much thicker trunks. 

    You can probably still get bare root but hurry up. Mine were 5ft ish and £11 but it was a wholesale type place.

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