As far as beauty, the Okame Cherry Tree is a fantastic choice. This tree blooms in later winter and will provide you with two to three weeks of lovely blossoms. The hybrid cherry tree is smaller than many other types of cherry trees and is the result of breeding a couple of different types of Asian Cherry Trees.
Originally bred in England, the Okame Cherry Tree does best if it is in full sun, and has moist and fertile soil. With quality soil and a lot of sun, you will get a healthy tree that will provide you with an abundance of springtime flowers.
The Okame Cherry Tree will appear to have a shape similar to a vase flower arrangement before it reached full maturity. As the tree grows you will notice that its shape will become more rounded when mature this tree will grow to a height of about 20 to 30 feet, and the canopy will have a spread of approximately 10 to 20 feet.
This tree’s lovely pink blossoms are one of the reasons that it is a popular choice of cherry tree. The Okame Cherry will be the first cherry tree to bloom, while others are still in their dormant stage, in fact, this tree blooms early enough that it actually may have some problems with frost damage.
The pollen produced by the cherry blossoms tend to be very attractive to bees, so if you have an aversion to having too many bees around your home, the Okame Cherry may not be the best choice, but if you don’t mind the bees, it really is a wonderful tree for any yard.
This tree will retain its blossoms for about three weeks, after which an abundance of deep green foliage will fill out the Okame Cherry. The leaves on this cherry tree will stay a deep green until late August unless there is a particularly hot and dry summer. In that case, you may notice the leaves turning a bronze color. When the leaves begin to change in the fall, after the temperatures have cooled, you will see a tree adorned with stunning orange and red leaves.
If you live in a colder climate, you’ll be glad to know that the Okame Cherry Tree is well suited for such weather conditions; In fact, this tree needs a fairly cold winter so that it will bloom in late winter. When planting this tree, keep in mind that it will need at least 4 to 6 hours of full sun each day. When planted it an area that gets plenty of sun, you’ll find that it will provide an abundance of blossoms; in addition, it will also grow in a more uniform shape.
For those people who live in a very hot climate, it is advisable to plant the Okame Cherry Tree in an area that will be partially shaded during the hot afternoon hours. It is also necessary for the soil to drain well, but must stay fairly moist at the same time. If the soil becomes too dry, as in the event of drought or hot weather, the foliage may dry up early. To help prevent this from happening you will want to add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree and water regularly.
The Okame Cherry Tree is an ornamental tree meant to add beauty to landscaping; because of its smaller size, it is perfect for smaller yards. You can plant only one tree, or in groups of three or four for an orchard look. Additionally, this tree’s colorful blossoms look great against a backdrop of evergreens.