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Old 11-01-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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If so, how does the foliage look during the spring and summer? I just planted one in my backyard on Saturday. I got a great deal on it at a local nursery so I decided to take a chance and add it to my landscape. I dug the hole 4 times the size of the root ball and mixed in a bunch of compost and pine bark soil conditioner so I am hoping it establishes really well over the winter and adds some new growth in the Spring. Most of the pictures I have seen online show some nice spring colors. If you have one of these trees and have an tips on how to keep it happy and healthy please let me know. Thanks!

PS - My wife has informed me that this will be the last landscape project for a while!

My Okame Flowering Cherry Tree
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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got one but i need tips also mine actually has more leaves growing out of the roots then it does at the top branches
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Sometimes called "Cherry Blossom" trees - these are very popular in DC and parts of NJ. The town I grew up in had a "Cherry Blossom" parade every spring. The trees flower very early in the Triangle, even before the pear trees that are so popular here.
It looks good, make sure the mulch is not touching the tree trunk and water it when dry.

Frank
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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What store was this tree from? We are considering adding a few of those to our backyard but have not seen this variety around here.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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I will try to scan and post a picture of one we used to have in our yard.
We planted it when my son was born and took pictures of him with it each year. By 6 or 7 he was in the tree for the picture.

Watch for Japanese beetles because they loved it.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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We had a 16' one installed this summer by JusTreez.biz guys but unfortunately it died from over watering (I think it was planted in a spot where there's a lot of run-off and it drowned... JT replaced without question BTW).

Anyway it has beautiful spring bloom, white-pinkey blossom. But I was not keen on the leaves... very small. When replacing the dead one we switched out for a pear instead with bigger leaves.

I will tell you that you've planted it very close to your house there... in 5 years or so that baby is going to be brushing the siding
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:01 PM
 
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oh and OMG japanese beetles LOVE this tree. be warned!!!
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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I will tell you that you've planted it very close to your house there... in 5 years or so that baby is going to be brushing the siding
Thanks for the tips. I was pretty limited on space and put it as far away from the house as possible. I'm actually planning on keeping it pruned to promote and upright growth habit. The part of the house in the background is actually only 1 story so I plan to train the tree to grow in a fashion that by the time it branches over toward the house it will be tall enough to be above it.

Thanks!
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Okame very typically in the heat of the summer drop leaves. Established trees will do that years after being planted. I went to McLamb Nursery to tag some this past summer and they had 16'+ specimen trees that had dropped lower leaves, Kevin the production guy said it was very typical. I saw the same block last Feb when in bloom and it was amazing how beautiful the trees looked.
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