Flowering Cherry (Prunus 'Okame')

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Broadleaf
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-04-05trees in parking lot island
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-04-05close-up of flowers
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-04-01lone tree in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-04-13flowers
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2009-07-02trees in parking lot island in summer
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 10, 2019 9:37 AM

This cultivar of an Oriental Flowering Cherry is commonly planted in southeast Pennsylvania and is offered by most conventional nurseries. (Okame, Yoshino, and Kanzan Cherry trees are the three most common Oriental Cherries planted in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the USA.) It is the earliest ornamental tree that I see blooming in this region. The buds and flowers begin looking dark purple and then open wider and turn a rose-pink colour that seems to lighten as time goes on. It develops a good orange fall colour. It is a reliable ornamental tree that like many such trees lives usually about 50 to 60 years, maybe to 100. Its origin comes from a hybrid cross made by a flowering cherry enthusiast of Captain Collingwood Ingram between a Fuji Cherry (Prunus incisa) x a Taiwan Cherry (Prunus campanulata) in the early 20th century in England.

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