Prunus mume Siebold & Zucc.

Japanese Flowering Apricot

Deciduous round-headed tree to 10 m tall. Leaves to 10 cm long, ovate to obovate, long-acuminate, margins serrate. Flowers in 1s or 2s, to 3 cm wide, white to pink, very fragrant, in mid- to late winter and early spring before the foliage, stalkless or with a short stalk. Fruit yellow-green, globose, 2-3 cm wide, inedible.

This is the earliest Prunus to flower.

China, Japan, Korea.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Prunus mume 'Alboplena'

Flowers white, semi-double.

Prunus mume 'Geisha'

Flowers deep pink, single to semi-double. The earliest cultivar to flower.

Prunus mume 'Pendula'

Branches pendulous. Flowers pink, single to semi-double.

Prunus mume 'Rosebud'

Flowers pink, double.

Prunus mume 'Splendens'

Flowers pink, double.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
genus        Prunus L.