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Japanese Flowering Apricot
Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts



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


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


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Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Fresno, California

San Leandro, California

Palm Coast, Florida

Saint Louis, Missouri

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower Color: rose-pink
Form: deciduous tree
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Height: 15-20'
Soil: well-drained soil
Sun: full sun
Uses: culinary (fruits* and flowers),
medicinal, ornamental
"A favorite tree in the National Herb Garden, its small stature, wonderful flowers, and useful fruit make the Japanese apricot a must for almost any garden. It blooms when one least expects in the middle of winter. I have been at the National Arboretum 12 winters and in those years the earliest it bloomed was the week before Christmas and the latest was the last week in February. The flowers are damaged if temperatures drop into the teens; this has happened twice in the last 12 years.

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