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Okame

Okame is small ornamental cherry tree, featuring a mass of pretty shell-pink single flowers.

In autumn the leaves take on strong autumn tints.

The tree grows with an upright habit, spreading somewhat as it matures.

Okame is unusual amongst the flowering cherries in that it often produces a crop of small dark cherries - not palatable for humans, but useful for birds.

Prunus incisa x Prunus campanulata

Okame flowering cherries for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 29.95
    Colt rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


History

Okame was developed by the English flowering cherry enthusiast Captain Collingwood Ingram (known to his friends as "Cherry" Ingram).  It is a hybrid of Prunus incisa (the Fuji cherry) and Prunus campanulata (the Formosan cherry). It inherits the former's compact proportions, hardiness and excellent autumn leaf colours, and the attractive shell pink blossom of the latter. Definitely a case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.



Okame characteristics

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates
    • Cold hardiness (USDA):(7) 0F / -18C
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour:Red / Black
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit