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

Posted by jay_7bsc (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 18, 09 at 16:17

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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RE: Flowering Cherry Variety, or Cultivar, in Median of US Highwa

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

RE: Flowering Cherry Variety, or Cultivar, in Median of US Highwa

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?

RE: Flowering Cherry Variety, or Cultivar, in Median of US Highwa

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

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