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PlantFiles: 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

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


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:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Loretta_NJ 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.


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

Pequannock, New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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