Prunus 'Okame' /Okame Cherry

Prunus 'Okame'  / Prunus 'Okame'
A grove of dormant trees at the Mobile Botanical Garden
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A grove of dormant trees at the Mobile Botanical Garden

A typical form of the tree in full bloom

Light pink petals with much darker colored basal portions of the floral units

Specimen tree in bloom

A tree in full flower

Specimen tree growing adjacent to a small pond

Specimen lawn tree

There are hundreds of trees like this blooming in Columbia, SC each spring

Close-up image of flowers

A single branch showing the density of the flowers

Viewing through the canopy of a tree in full bloom

Most young trees tend to be upright in their growth habit, but also bloom early

Two of many hundred blooming trees in Columbia, SC each spring

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Scientific Name: Prunus 'Okame'
Common Name: Okame Cherry
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Flowers in late winter or early spring, about 2 week after the Taiwan cherry. This selection extends the flowering period for cherries to about a month in the south. It is easy to grow and is a good choice as an accent plant. When its flowering overlaps that of Taiwan, it will produce a large number of berries. June beetles can defoliate a small tree in just a night or two and a larger one in a week or so. White peach scale can seriously damage or kill a tree.