Japanese Flowering Apricot is an upright, fast growing, deciduous flowering tree that typically grows to 15 to 20 feet tall with a rounded form. It may be trained as a large shrub or espaliered. It is during the dark days of winter that this plant exhibits its unique charm. Starting as early as January, (depending on the cultivar, the site and the weather), Prunus mume produces beautiful, delicate, fragrant flowers over many weeks just when we need them most. The flowers can be white to red through pink, single or double and have a rich and spicy almond fragrance. Standing with roots straddling the border of two seasons, the Japanese Flowering Apricot is a dazzling darling of the late-winter early spring flowering trees. Flowers are followed by fuzzy-skinned, green to yellow edible apricots 1 to 3 inches in diameter, ripening in summer. Fruits may be harvested for use in making jams and preserves.
Zone: 6 to 9 #Growth Rate: Fast to Moderate #Plant Type: Small deciduous flowering tree
Height: 15 to 20 feet #Spread: 15 to 20 feet
Flower: Fragrant single or double pink flowers (solitary or in pairs) bloom in late winter or early spring before the leaves emerge. Flowers have red calyxes and yellowish stamens. Flower colors can be white, pink or red, depending on the cultivar. #Fruit: 1 to 3 inch edible fruits. #Leaf: Leaves are broad-oval 2 to 4 inches long and are sharply-serrulate.
Culture: Since blossoms appear on the previous year's growth, prune immediately after flowering. Annual pruning maintains desired shape and contributes to increased blooming. Cold temperatures in late winter may damage the flowers and subsequent fruit. Can be difficult in areas with hot, humid summers. Foliage appreciates some part afternoon shade in the hot summers of the deep South.
Uses: Bonsai, espalier, specimen or group. Ideal for a small garden or a perfect accent for a large landscape. Excellent along walkways, near decks or patios.