Japanese Flowering Apricot
Prunus mume 'Kobai'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: mume (MEW-may) (Info)
Cultivar: Kobai

Category:

Trees

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pequannock, New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 20, 2007, Loretta_NJ from Pequannock, NJ wrote:

Most references list Prunus mume hardy from Z6-9 but Dirr adds Zone 10 for California and Brooklyn Botanic Garden mentions it may need shelter in Z6.
Flowers on old wood. Prune after flowering. Flowers and swelling buds can be damaged by cold.
Flowers open over an extended period.
Yellow small fruit is described as bitter and inedible but it is used in the East.

I have been watching a nearby espaliered plant for the last few years. Flowers here during mild winters. Flowering is delayed during colder seasons. Fragrant, delicate and beautiful, the blossoms are cataloged as red, but they are fuchsia to me.