|Binomial:||Prunus x incamp|
|Light requirements:||Full sun to part shade|
|USDA Hardiness Zone:||6-9|
|Pruning season:||Late winter (for forcing), or after bloom|
|Bloom season:||Early spring|
|Underplanting:||Can be underplanted|
Okame cherry is a hybrid tree, which is one of the earliest cherries to bloom, and thus is often planted in parks and gardens. The name "Okame" is Japanese, referring to a woman who is often depicted in statues.
More or less vase-shaped crown, densely covered in pink flowers before the leaves emerge in the spring.
Full sun to medium shade, often does fine under high canopies. The plant prefers deep, fertile soils. Somethat drought tolerant after established.
As a specimen or patio shade tree. Forces well, so can also be grown for cut flowers.
Pruning for crossing branches should be done every 2-4 years. The tree is often grafted, so basal suckers should be removed if present.
For forcing, cut branches just as the buds begin to expand.
Pests and diseasesEdit
Usually problem-free. See Prunus for a list of pests and diseases.