Japanese Apricot, Japanese Flowering Apricot, Chinese Plum Prunus mume

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Botanical Name:

Prunus mume







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Japanese Apricot, Japanese Flowering Apricot, Chinese Plum

15-20 feet
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 60-90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Prunus mume , commonly known as ume or Japanese apricot , or Chinese plum is a species of Asian plum in the family Rosaceae . The flower, long a beloved subject in the traditional painting of East Asia and Vietnam, is usually translated as plum blossom . more...
* Japanese apricot is primarily grown for ornamental purposes, and in particular for its mid to late winter bloom of pink flowers. It is native to China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. It is an upright, fast-growing, deciduous tree that typically grows to 15-20’ tall with a rounded form. It may be trained as a large shrub. Spicily fragrant pink flowers (solitary or in pairs) bloom in winter (February – March in St. Louis but earlier in mild winter climates) before the leaves emerge. Flowers have red calyxes and yellowish stamens. Flowers are followed by fuzzy-skinned, green to yellow apricots (to 1” diameter) with clinging stones. Apricots ripen in summer. Apricots are technically edible fresh from the plant (some say bitter and inedible), but are at any rate of very poor quality in comparison to commercially sold common apricots (Prunus armeniaca). Fruits may be harvested for use in making jams and preserves. Broad-oval leaves (2-4” long) are sharply-serrulate. more...
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