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Okame Cherry Tree
Prunus x yedoensis 'Okame'
Get a jump on spring weather with the Okame Cherry Tree, the first Pink Flowered Japanese Cherry tree to open its flowers in Spring often as early as Valentine's day.
As Low As: $79.95
|4 to 5 Feet Tall||$79.95|
|5 to 6 Feet Tall||$109.95|
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The Okame Cherry Tree explodes with pink color so early in the spring that often we see it with a light dusting of snow. The masses of flowers are small enough that the winds do not blow them off the tree. When they do begin to drop the ground below is covered with pink. The leaves one of our favorite fall colors as well.
Okame Cherry Tree Highlights
- The most heat, humidity, and drought tolerant flowering cherry
- Early spring bloomer with beautiful pink blossoms that cover the branches
- Showy yellow, orange and red leaves in the fall
|Mature Height:||20 to 30 feet|
|Mature Width:||20 to 25 feet|
|Classification:||Broad Leaved deciduous tree, Spring flowering|
|Habit:||Upright, umbrella shaped canopy|
|Foliage:||Dark Green, brilliant bronze-orange fall color|
|Flower Color:||Carmine-Pink, Very floriferous|
|Pruning Season:||No pruning needed|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites|
How to Care for Okame Cherry Tree
Before you buy a Okame Flowering Cherry Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I fertilize Okame Cherry Trees?
Trees such as Okame Cherry Tree grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize Okame Cherry Tree again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Okame Cherry Tree.
How often do I water an Okame Cherry Tree?
Give your tree a slow, deep watering after planting to encourage the roots to settle. After that, watering is imperative as the roots are establishing. Water 2-3 times a week for the first month or so, then once a week after that for the first year. Remember, trees prefer less frequent deep, thorough waterings over daily spritzes.
How do I plant an Okame Cherry Blossom tree?
Remove a container-grown tree carefully from its pot and, if your tree's roots are balled and wrapped, carefully remove the wrapping. Water a container-grown or balled tree well before you begin, because this helps keep soil in place around the roots. Place the tree in a pre-dug hole that's at least 1 foot wider in diameter than its roots, ensuring that you plant the tree at the same depth as it was earlier. Backfill the hole with soil amended with compost and water the tree well, ensuring that there are no air pockets around its roots.|We highly recommend that you mulch your Okame Cherry Tree with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
How do I prune Okame Flowering Cherry Trees?
In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected. When we specifically look at pruning with regards to trees, this misunderstanding and negligence can be magnified. Pruning has been described as a “combination of art and science.” I find pruning to be one of the most relaxing yet rewarding chores in the garden. Pruning a specific plant to look a specific way, involves art in creating a unique definition for a specific plant, and it involves science in understanding the physical growing habits of the plant to be pruned. The most important reason for pruning tree is to improve the overall health of the plant which in turn will reward you with a plethora of blooms. Many times, trees that have not been pruned in a few years will develop dead or degenerative twigs. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “dieback” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies and produce flowers. It is important to always use sharp tools when pruning Okame Cherry Tree or any plant for that matter. Knives, hand cutters, saws, and shears should be sharpened if necessary before pruning any plant. A sharp cut will heal quicker than a jagged cut, which will also minimize the likelihood of disease investing a cut during pruning. It is generally recommended to not use power equipment such as gas hedgers to prune Okame Cherry Tree. Pruning large Okame Cherry Tree may be minor or major. Its general purpose is to maintain or restore vigor to the plant. Large Magnolia Centennial Blush Tree that have been severely pruned have the advantage of a large root system that has excessive capacity, and its roots are capable of supplying all of its energies to a smaller number of branches and foliage. This enables the plant to increase its vigor, and become healthier. Pruning large Okame Cherry Tree that are well established will enable the plant to have continued vigor, and lead to many more years of supplying beauty to the landscape.
Get a jump on warm weather with the Okame Cherry Tree, the first Japanese Cherry tree to open its flowers in Spring. Plant this small to medium-sized tree near your porch or patio so you can enjoy the light, sweet fragrance of its flowers, too, which attract pollinators. Okame Cherry Tree is the star of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Tourists from all over the world arrive by the thousands to witness the awe inspiring show of the Okame Cherries in bloom. Now you can enjoy the same beautiful pink burst of color and fragrance in your own garden!
The Okame Flowering Cherry tree thrives in full to part sun and loose, well drained, moist soil. However, this tree can tolerate drought, heat, and humidity and is adaptable to a variety of soils.
Uses for the Okame Cherry Tree
The Okame Cherry tree has something to offer in every season, from its early spring blooms to red-bronze bark that steals the show in the winter. These are the most common uses
- Perfect focal point.
- Great tree for lining a driveway or planting in groups
- Good choice for small yards