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PlantFiles: Japanese Flowering Apricot
Prunus mume

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

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive j3k On Jun 26, 2010, j3k from Statesville, NC wrote:

I've had this in the ground, full sun, for several years. At first, It struggled in the spring with Japanese beetles, but has flourished since taking care of the pests. Wonderful blooms in early February, just when we need them.

Positive CherokeeGreg On Feb 2, 2010, CherokeeGreg from Fresno, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Neutral bluespiral On Feb 11, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

The degree of fragrance is said to vary quite a bit from seedling to seedling, but some are powerfully fragrant during warm spells in zone 7 from January into March and about as close to heaven as your nose can get outdoors in between ice storms around here.

Sow in a pot filled with a medium of peat mixed with perlite or sand. Enclose the pot in a baggy and either place the arrangement outdoors where it will be exposed to frost action during winter or in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. Or, sow in a prepared spot in the fall, where it will be weeded and watered occasionally. If putting the pot outdoors for winter, be sure the pot has at least a 4" depth of medium so that it won't dry out too easily. See the DG Winter Sowing Forum for details about watering and drainage of wintersown containers.

Seeds can take up to 120 - 365 days to germinate; light required for germination, but Gibberellic Acid-3 (GA-3) will promote germination in the dark as well as with light.

Positive downscale_babe On Jan 17, 2006, downscale_babe from surfside beach, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wll grow as an understory tree.Flowers very early (January)
Well before it leaves out.

Positive imzadi On Jan 10, 2005, imzadi from Jackson, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

can grow in sandy
well drained soil types

very pretty tree and attracts many bees and smells wonderful.

Positive Terry On Jun 23, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Relatively unknown in the U.S., despite acclaim by many garden writers, this Japanese native should be more widely grown - sturdy, pest resistant, and often blooming weeks before other plants bud out. In the colder zones, this may cause the blooms to be killed by frost, but the buds are staggered, and will continue to flower after cold spells. For maximum enjoyment, plant one in a sheltered spot where you can enjoy its fragrant flowers in relative comfort (and the blooms will be somewhat protected from cold snaps.)


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

Fresno, California
Anderson, Indiana
Agency, Iowa
Ellicott City, Maryland
Burlington, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Statesville, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Poquoson, Virginia

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