This is a brand new Cherry tree introduction this year, and we are very excited about it! We have been growing this new cherry specimen for 3 years now and are very impressed with its strong new vigorous growth, and improved resistance to insects and disease. We are one of a very few growers in the United States growing this very special tree variety.
‘Helen Taft’ was introduced by the US National Arboretum in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japanese gift of cherry trees planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The name recognizes the role that former First Lady Helen Taft played in bring the cherry trees to Washington, DC in 1912.
Prunus ‘Helen Taft’ was selected for its vigorous growth, large pale pink flowers, and ease of production. It is a deciduous upright tree with a spreading crown, reaching both a height and width of 25 – 30 feet after 30 years of growth. It is most comparable to its female parent, Prunus x yedoensis Yoshino, except for its larger size and noticeably large pink flowers. Highly recommended!