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PlantFiles: 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

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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

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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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl 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.

There are several cultivars of Prunus mume, ranging from white to pink in single and double forms, but Peggy Clarke' is my favorite. The rich, bright, rose-pink flowers are fully double and brighten up a gray winter day like nothing else I know. They are very fragrant and make wonderful cut flowers when there is nothing else to cut from the garden. The flower petals can be dried to make a delicious tea. The fruits, though not very sweet or pleasant on their own, are useful in preserves. While green they can be either sugared or pickled or, when ripe, used to make apricot brandy or jam.

Native to China and Japan, Prunus mume grows slowly to 15 or 20 feet tall with a rounded canopy. It thrives in any well-drained garden soil but flowers best in full sun. I have seen the plant growing in zone 6 where it will flower given some protection, but flowering is more reliable in warmer areas."

James Adams, Curator of the National Herb Garden, Promising Plants Presentation, 2004


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

Fresno, California
San Leandro, California
Palm Coast, Florida
Saint Louis, Missouri

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