Colorful Pink Blooms Load This Fast Growing Tree in Early Spring!
The Okame Cherry Tree also known as the Taiwan Cherry is a beautiful specimen tree that boasts bright pink blooms before any other tree opens up in early spring. We love this flowering cherry tree for its vivid colors and beautiful fall foliage.
Okame Cherries flower color is a vibrant pink with white undertones and is mildly fragrant. The flowers will appear while the fast growing tree is still bare without leaves. Once spring hits and the weather warms up the tree will flush out with dark green foliage to contrast the end of their bloom period. The flowering cherry tree does have an exceptionally long bloom time from late winter until the end of spring.
The Okame Cherry tree leaves are long and slender up to 1-2 inches with razored edges. Eventually, the green leaves will turn shades of yellow, orange, and red. The Okame Cherry tree fall color will become more dramatic the further north you plant it. The deciduous tree will drop its leaves in late fall or winter signaling to go into a dormant phase.
The tree does produce a fruit that is round, inedible, and inconspicuous. You might not even know it is there. It may attract wildlife like birds and squirrels to your front yard. Most ornamental cherries are bred for their beautiful blooms and not the ornamental fruit.
Being ornamental, the Prunus Okame Cherry Blossom Tree is best planted as a statement tree in a front or back yard where the gorgeous flower blossoms can be enjoyed. It is also suitably planted in groups. You can see the display of deep pink blossoms on the trees at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC every year.
Flowering Cherry Tree Care
Grow the Okame flowering Cherry across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. It is a more cold tolerant cherry tree but can also be heat tolerant in the southern states. It has low chill hours and will perform well in any planting location.
The flowering tree performs best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade in warmer climates. The tree will produce fewer flowers in shade. Moist, well draining soil is best but it is widely adapted to many soil types and planting sites.
The Okame Cherry tree size is up to 15-25 feet tall at mature height and 15-20 feet wide at full maturity. The Okame cherry tree growth rate is moderate, up to 1-2 feet per year. This gives the tree a long life and a lifespan of 15-20 years. It will establish a large root system so be sure to give it plenty of room to grow.
A slow release fertilizer applied in early spring will give the ornamental tree a good boost of nutrients to display its rosy pink flowers at their best and brightest. A thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree will help retain moisture in hotter climates.
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Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9