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Prunus 'Okame' Tree

Flowering Cherry Trees
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Prunus 'Okame' is a small ornamental tree that produces masses of candyfloss-pink, single flowers in early spring, popular with the bee population. The sharply toothed, dark-green leaves are strongly tinted orange and red in the autumn giving an additional season of interest.

Ideal for smaller gardens and one of our most popular flowering cherry trees, Prunus 'Okame' will grow to an estimated height and spread of 4 x 4 metres in 20 years. Tolerant of pollution and all soils except very wet or chalky, this is a stunning flowering cherry tree that is well worthy of a space in any garden as a feature tree.

AKA Prunus x incam 'Okamé', Ornamental cherry 'Okamé, Cherry blossom tree

  • Common name: Flowering cherry tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Candyfloss-pink flowers and dark green leaves in spring, turning orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to most except very wet or chalky soils

Planting Advice for Prunus Okame trees

When planting flowering cherry trees, such as this Prunus Okame, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown flowering cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year.

To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

After Care Advice for Prunus Okame trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Flowering Cherry trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your Flowering Cherry tree to its own devices, it can be encouraged by gentle pruning. If you prune your tree for the first few years it will create a more balanced branch framework. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. However, the formative pruning that you have already carried out will have led to a healthier tree, less likely to need this.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly). Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more information, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Prunus 'Okame' Form: Top grafted at 80cm Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Okame' Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 80cm 120-150cm 10L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus 'Okame' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 7.5L pot Prunus 'Okame' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 80-100cm 7.5L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus 'Okame' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Okame' Price £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus 'Okame' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 45L pot Prunus 'Okame' Price £159.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot £159.99 (ex VAT)
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