Flowering Cherry Variety, or Cultivar, in Median of US Highway 76

jay_7bsc(8a)February 18, 2009

Does anyone know what cultivar of flowering cherry is now blooming in the median of US Highway 76 in Clemson? It's used there and in several other highway right-of-way plantings in and around Clemson, and obviously, blooms much earlier than most other flowering cherries. (It's definitely not _Prunus mume_, the Japanese flowering apricot.)

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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I believe it's Okame cherry. I have several in my yard.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 8:35AM
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Thanks, bumblebeez. Will add the Okame cherry to my list of "must-have" flowering trees. Our Japanese flowering apricots, which bloom in January and tolerate normally cold weather, were badly hurt by the couple of near-ten-degree nights that struck them in bud and in flower. I need to add something to the yard that blooms a little later than the mumes but still ahead of the later flowering cherries. The Okame should fit the bill. Have you tried the Taiwan cherry, _Prunus campanulata_, which also blooms early?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 9:58AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Okame has Taiwan as a parent.
You might find this article is interesting. I like flowering apricots also but the one I have, Kobai gets bitten each year by the cold.
The Clemson Botanical gardens have several varieties of flowering apricot that are glorious so hopefully mine will eventually be too.
They have a grouping of varieties in the meadow across from the Wren House and a specimen in the hosta garden.
I choose Kobai after smelling all of them but Kobai had the deepest aroma- although it might have just been that tree.
I love the fragrance of the apricots.

I'm only guessing that the trees in Clemson are Okame. I might be wrong.

Here is a link that might be useful: taiwan cherry

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 10:25AM
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