|Binomial:||Prunus x incamp|
|Light requirements:||Full sun to part shade|
|USDA Hardiness Zone:||6-9|
|Pruning season:||Late winter (for forcing), or after bloom|
|Bloom season:||Early spring|
|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 | edit source]
More or less vase-shaped crown, densely covered in pink flowers before the leaves emerge in the spring.
Growing conditions[edit | edit source]
Full sun to medium shade, often does fine under high canopies. The plant prefers deep, fertile soils. Somethat drought tolerant after established.
Uses[edit | edit source]
As a specimen or patio shade tree. Forces well, so can also be grown for cut flowers.
Maintenance[edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
Harvesting[edit | edit source]
For forcing, cut branches just as the buds begin to expand.
Pests and diseases[edit | edit source]
Usually problem-free. See Prunus for a list of pests and diseases.
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