Identification: Tai-haku- single whites, bronze leaves, mid-season

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This is not a question, but comments and corrections are very welcome.

    Tai Haku, also known as “great white cherry”, is said to have the largest single blossoms of all our cherries (though I think our Mikaruma Gaeshis in the west end of Vancouver give it stiff competition in that regard, but I digress). This tree seems very elegant to me because of its large white flowers set among the copper leaves and its wide spreading branches.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Re: Tai Haku – single whites, bronze leaves, mid-season

    One of the nicest of all the Japanese cherries.

    Your pics show a pink tinge to the petals - the ones I've seen have been pure white. Any idea why the difference?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Re: Tai Haku – single whites, bronze leaves, mid-season

    "Flowers in bud have a slight pink tinge, becoming white (RHS 155-D) when completely opened"

    --Kuitert, JAPANESE FLOWERING CHERRIES

    where photo used shows a cluster with one of the opened flowers tinged pink.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Re: White Rock / South Surrey

    Here is a 'Tai-haku' in South Surrey with flowers just opening.
    20150322_148aSt33rdAve_TaiHaku_Cutler_133053.jpg 20150322_148aSt33rdAve_TaiHaku_Cutler_133102.jpg 20150322_148aSt33rdAve_TaiHaku_Cutler_133110.jpg 20150322_148aSt33rdAve_TaiHaku_Cutler_133143.jpg

    These almost always have five petals and five sepals. From this tree, this flower is 6.5cm across, has six petals and seven sepals.
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    Though this year it has been difficult finding staminodes or extra petals on 'Akebono', 'Tai-haku' seems to have taken up production. Here are both on the trees across from the armory on Cornwall. I found one with seven petals, but my photos were not convincing.
    20150324_BurrardCornwall_Tai-haku_Cutler_144951.jpg 20150324_BurrardCornwall_Tai-haku_Cutler_145037c.jpg 20150324_BurrardCornwall_Tai-haku_Cutler_145721.jpg
     
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