Okame Flowering Cherry

Botanical Name: Prunus x incamp ‘Okame’

Alternate Name: Taiwan Cherry

The Okame Flowering Cherry (Prunus x incamp ‘Okame’) is cold hardy and one of the earliest and longest blooming ornamental cherry trees. This cherry tree is also popular for its bright red, shining bark. It is a small deciduous tree that develops an upright and rounded crown. Also known as the Taiwan cherry, this tree grows to a height of 15-25 feet with a spread of 15-20 feet.

The Okame cultivar was selected by Englishman Captain Collingwood Ingram. He crossed Prunus incisa and Prunus campanulata, seeking to make a more cold hardy ornamental cherry tree with the bright pink flowers of Prunus campanulata.

The leaves of the Okame Cherry tree are dark green, 1 to 1.5 inches long, and lance shaped with serrate margins. The foliage turns beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and yellow in the fall, giving a great display, particularly in colder climates.

The bright pink blooms of the ‘Okame’ appear early in the spring. They are slightly fragrant, single flowers with 5 petals and have an attractive red calyx and flower stalk. This ornamental cherry tree does produce inconspicuous rounded fruit that does not attract wildlife.

The Okame Cherry tree likes to grow in full sun but can benefit from some afternoon shade in hot locations.


Height: 15-25 ft.

Width: 15-20 ft.

Shape: Rounded

Flower Color: Rose Pink

Flowering Time: March-April

Fall Color: Yellow, Orange, Red

Features: Showy spring flowers, attractive fall color, shiny red bark

Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Prefers moist, moderately rich, well-drained loam.

Growth Rate: Moderate

USDA Zones: 6-8

Uses: Accent tree, lawn tree, park tree, lining driveways, street tree

Similar trees: Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red’ (Canada Red Chokecherry), Prunus serrulata 'Amanogawa’ (Japanese Flagpole Flowering Cherry), Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’ (Kwanzan Flowering Cherry), Prunus serrulata ‘Mt Fuji’ (Mt. Fuji Flowering Cherry), Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono' (Akebono Cherry), Prunus x yedoensis 'Yoshino' (Yoshino Cherry)