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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Once your Okame Cherry Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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