Okame Cherry
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The Okame Cherry Tree

Scientific Name: Prunus Okame

Mature Height
15 - 30 feet
Mature Spread
20 - 30 feet
Soil Type
Widely Adaptable
Widely Adaptable
Mature Form
Upright, Arching Vase
Growth Rate
Sun Exposure
Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color
Rosy, Pink
Fall Color
Bronze Red to Orange
Foliage Color
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The Okame Cherry tree, Prunus Okame, is one of the earliest of the flowering cherries. Its carmine-pink petals, with rose-red calyx and reddish flower stalks, open fully before leaf break. It has a very consistent year-to-year blooming habit. The rosy red buds are attractive before flower break and the overall floral effect lasts 2 to 3 weeks.

At maturity, ‘Okame’ Cherry trees will attain 20-30' in height with a similar spread. The young trees display a broad-columnar habit; older trees develop a more rounded habit. Fruits are small, and not ornamentally important. This deciduous tree has an attractive dark red-orange fall color. Shiny reddish brown bark is also very attractive.

Rate of growth is medium-fast, especially when young, so expect 1-2' or more per year. Prunus. ‘Okame’ does best in moist, well-drained soil, but will adapt to a variety of soils as long as they are not wet. It is pH adaptable. Locate it in full sun or light shade.

It makes a fine specimen tree and should be sited where it can be easily seen in late winter/early spring. Flowering is its main feature, yet the ‘Okame’ can be considered an all seasons plant with its attractive bark and fall color. Excellent heat and cold tolerance.


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