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Prunus x incamp 'Okame', Okame cherry

Common Name: Okame cherry

Type:Ornamental flowering tree (non-fruit bearing)

Family: Rosaceae

Zone: 6b to 9b     Find Your Zone

Height: 15 to 20 feet

Width: 15 feet

Bloom Time: February

Bloom Color: Pink

Sun exposure: full to part

Fall Color: yellow, orange or red further north

Soil: well drained, sand, clay, loam

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


The Okame cherry is one of the most delicate looking of all the cherries. It has an upright, vase shape and will not shade a lawn, killing grass nearly as bad as Kwanzan or Yoshino cherries. It is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring and also has a beautiful, showy purplish bark to go with its delicate pink flowers. Okame will not get as big and wide as other cherries and makes a great addition to the landscape. This tree made it onto the Top 10 Landscape trees list.

If you are looking for something different, I might recommend looking at the Weeping Cherry.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-05-03T15:27:59+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
Great idea.  I haven't heard of this cherry before. 
Posted 2015-05-09T09:12:03+0000  by Cree
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