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Okame

Okame cherry blossom

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.

Prunus incisa x Prunus campanulata

Okame flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 32-year top-worked pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
    (Serrula 1m)
    Out of stock

History

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 characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour:Pink
    • Flowering season:Early
    • Flowering month:March
    • Flower form:Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Multiple tints
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Leaf/Flower sequence:Leaves appear first
    • Fruit colour:Red / Black
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Fast
  • Identification

    • Fruit size:Very small
    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

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.

What will it look like?

Illustrative examples of pot-grown trees of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Prunus Okame flowering cherry tree
Prunus Okame flowering cherry tree
Prunus Okame top worked serrula flowering cherry
Prunus Okame top worked serrula flowering cherry


How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.