Prunus 'Okame'

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Prunus 'Okame'

Okame Cherry
Binomial: Prunus x incamp
Variety: cv. 'Okame'
Type: Small tree
Light requirements: Full sun to part shade
USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Pruning season: Late winter (for forcing), or after bloom
Transplant: Easily transplants
Bloom season: Early spring
Pollination: Insects
Shade cast: Medium
Underplanting: Can be underplanted

Okame cherry is a hybrid tree, which is one of the earliest cherries to bloom, and thus is often planted in parks and gardens. The name "Okame" is Japanese, referring to a woman who is often depicted in statues.

Description[edit]

More or less vase-shaped crown, densely covered in pink flowers before the leaves emerge in the spring.

Growing conditions[edit]

Full sun to medium shade, often does fine under high canopies. The plant prefers deep, fertile soils. Somethat drought tolerant after established.

Uses[edit]

As a specimen or patio shade tree. Forces well, so can also be grown for cut flowers.

Maintenance[edit]

A statue of Okame in Japan

Pruning for crossing branches should be done every 2-4 years. The tree is often grafted, so basal suckers should be removed if present.

Propagation[edit]

Generally grafted.

Harvesting[edit]

For forcing, cut branches just as the buds begin to expand.

Pests and diseases[edit]

Usually problem-free. See Prunus for a list of pests and diseases.

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