Spring begins whenever 'Okame' cherry (P. 'Okame') decides to bloom. In the Lower South, that could be as early as Valentine's Day.
Thousands of glorious, deep pink blossoms adorn its leafless branches. Vase-shaped in youth, 'Okame' develops into an oval or rounded tree about 20 feet tall and wide—ideal for shading a courtyard or patio. In fall, the leaves turn orange-red before dropping to reveal glossy, reddish brown bark. Very heat and cold tolerant, 'Okame' grows and blooms well as far south as Central Florida.