Okame Flowering Cherry Tree
Okame Flowering Cherry Leaf
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Okame Flowering Cherry Tree
Okame Flowering Cherry Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Okame Flowering Cherry

Prunus x 'Okame'
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Get a jump on the Cherry Blossom Festival with Okame Flowering Cherry - the first Japanese Cherry tree to open its flowers in spring. When its fuchsia-tipped buds uncork in a froth of champagne-pink flowers, you'll raise a glass in toast to a celebration of spring, saying farewell to Old Man Winter. Plant this small to medium-sized tree near your porch or patio so you may not only take in the spectacle of Okame's long-lasting Cherry blossoms, but enjoy the light, sweet fragrance of its flowers, too. The scent attracts foraging pollinators, and on mild days the tree hums with the sound of valuable honeybees at work. Don't worry - they're far too interested in the blossoms to bother you!


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Thanks to a very generous gift from the People of Japan in 1912, approximately 3,750 Cherry trees are planted along the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. In a ceremony on March 27, 1912 the first lady Helen Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador Viscountess Chinda, planted the first two trees together on the northern bank in West Potomac Park. These two original trees are still standing today marked by a large plaque. Each spring our nation’s capital celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This has become a cherished tradition for many, drawing 1.5 million people to the city each year. In 2012, The United States sent 3000 flowering dogwood trees to Japan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s Cherry trees. The trees are a living reminder of the good will and friendship between the two countries.

The Details

How about a blooming Cherry tree with multiple season interest for your garden, huh? What do you say? Single deep pink flowers appear in early spring before the dark green foliage. Leaf color transforms into beautiful shades of copper, orange, and yellow - add that to the reddish-bronze bark and you have yourself one spectacular tree!

How to Grow

If you love Cherry blossoms and want a tree for your own yard, Okame is a smart choice.  It grows quickly, looks sharp year-round, and doesn’t have the short lifespan or disease issues that some Cherries do.  Just give it full sun and moist but well-drained soil.  In most regions of the country, this is the first Cherry tree to bloom, but don’t worry too much about frost—those baby-girl-pink blossoms are actually quite resilient!  Underplant it with early daffodils like ‘Ice Follies’ for a festive kickoff to spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium-Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange/Bronze
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award Yes
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG! Two people should be used to load into a truck or trailer to bring home to your landscape.

Size C Trees:

10-12' tall, grown and delivered as balled & burlapped. This tree is HUGE! A tree this size will make an impact on your landscape immediately! It is recommended that a professional move and install.

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Okame Flowering Cherry Tree
Okame Flowering Cherry Leaf
Okame Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 932