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23 February 2007

Okame Cherry Tree is Blooming

These past winter months the weather's been so quirky. It's fluctuated between freezing and spring-time warm. Our Okame blooming cherry tree has been threatening to burst into bloom for a month. I would say that today is the first day it has actually bloomed out. Beautiful. It is the most perfectly formed tree. We salvaged it from our first award-winning landscape show garden at the Southeastern Flower Show. At any rate, this is shaping up to be a beautiful Spring season.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

what are the blooming times for the various different cherry blossoms?

A. J. said...

Let's see. . . The general sequence for flowering cherries is. . . Okame, Yoshino, Autumnalis, Kwanzan, and then, Autumnalis again (much later).

Anonymous said...

how do you prune an okame cherry tree? i have one that didn't leave on some branches last year, so I thought I better prune it to promote growth...but is this OK for the okame?

A. J. said...

Right now, being the end of April, almost May, you do not want to do any hard pruning. I would clean up any suckers, very young branches, dead, diseased or broken branches. Depending on your climate zone, I would prune your cherry hard during dormancy. Any hard pruning now will generally encourage a lot of sucker growth over the next several months. When you do prune, remember to remove suckers, weak angle branches, crossed limbs, dead and diseased, and keep proportion in mind. Also, remember less is better than too much.

Anonymous said...

how well does the grass grow under an okame cherry?. no1wahoo73@yahoo.com

A. J. said...

@ how well does the grass grow under an okame cherry?.

Generally you want to avoid attempting to grow grass under trees. There are a number of reasons for this, e.g. root competition, mechanical damage to the tree and roots from mowers and string trimmers. That being said, there is no essential difference between growing grass below an okame, versus any other tree, aside from canopy. The other consideration would be grass-type. Depending on zone you live in, you will want to use a shade tolerant and/or cool season grass.

Anonymous said...

I've got 2 Okame trees that i planted 1 year ago and i'm getting alot of new growth at the bottom of the main trunk. Can those be clipped anytime or should i wait until fall?