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A picture of a Japanese Apricot

Japanese Apricot

Prunus mume

Also known as

Mume, Mei, Ume

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

6m

8m

Min

8m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Japanese Apricot Overview

Closely related to the common apricot, this very early flowering species is a native of China but has been cultivated for many centuries in both China and Japan A round-headed tree of 4.5-9m high with sharply pointed leaves up to 10cm long. The lightly fragrant white to deep pink flowers are to 2.5cm in small clusters along the branches in late spring. Are followed by yellowish, apricot-like fruit. Cultivars include 'Albo-plena' with white double flowers; 'Beni-chidori', a later flowerer with fragrant pink double flowers; 'Pendula' with a weeping habit; and 'Geisha' with semi-double deep rose flowers.

Common problems with Japanese Apricot

How to propagate Japanese Apricot

Grafting

Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.

Seed

Other uses of Japanese Apricot

They are grown mainly for their single, 5 petalled, to double flowers and autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.