Prunus incisa x Prunus campanulata Okame

Okame cherry blossom
  • Flowering month: March
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading

Okame is small ornamental cherry tree, featuring a mass of pretty shell-pink single flowers.

In autumn the leaves take on strong autumn tints.

The tree grows with an upright habit, spreading somewhat as it matures. It remains small, and is likely to reach a mature height of 2.5m or so.

Okame is unusual amongst the flowering cherries in that it often produces a crop of small dark cherries - not palatable for humans, but useful for birds.

Okame was developed by the English flowering cherry enthusiast Captain Collingwood Ingram (known to his friends as "Cherry" Ingram).  It is a hybrid of Prunus incisa (the Fuji cherry) and Prunus campanulata (the Formosan cherry). It inherits the former's compact proportions, hardiness and excellent autumn leaf colours, and the attractive shell pink blossom of the latter. Definitely a case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Okame trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 8th January - you can always request a Christmas gift certificate to give on the day.

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Okame tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£24.95
2-year Okame tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£45.95
2-year top-worked (Serrula 1m) Okame tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
£49.95

Prices include VAT if applicable.


What will it look like?

Illustrative examples of pot-grown trees of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

  • Prunus Okame flowering cherry treePrunus Okame flowering cherry tree
  • Prunus Okame top worked serrula flowering cherryPrunus Okame top worked serrula flowering cherry


We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Okame characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Patio growing Small spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: March
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Fruit colour: Red / Black
  • Fruit size: Very small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Frilly Frock
    Prunus
    Frilly Frock
    A small weeping ornamental cherry tree, ideal for small gardens.
  • See also Kojo-no-mai
    Prunus incisa
    Kojo-no-mai
    An excellent small compact blossom tree, featuring a mass of small white flowers, and good autumn colours.
  • See also Mikinori
    Prunus incisa
    Mikinori
    Mikinori is a classic early-flowering Fuji cherry tree, with red autumn leaf colours.
  • Prunus incisa
    Oshidori Princesse
    A small ornamental cherry with double white flowers, and autumn leaf colours.
  • Prunus incisa
    Praecox
    A small and hardy winter-flowering cherry, ideal for winter colour and small gardens.
  • See also Snow Goose
    Prunus incisa x speciosa
    Snow Goose
    A small upright flowering cherry tree with particularly large single white flowers.

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We have a very wide range of flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.