Japanese Flowering Apricot

Prunus mume

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fresno, California

Anderson, Indiana

Agency, Iowa

Ellicott City, Maryland

Burlington, North Carolina

Columbus, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2020, NCMstGardener from Columbus, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is magnificent when it blooms in late January or early February. It is a short lived tree so enjoy it while you can. We are adding three new ones (one is a weeper) to replace the 18 year old tree that aged out. It is difficult to find outside of California nurserys because early frost may kill the blooms.


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.


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


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 o... read more


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.


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.


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.)