Monday, January 25, 2010

Prunus mume 'Nishiki Ume', Flowering apricot.....we have a good collection of Umes at the Arboretum

Prunus ume is a wonderful wonderful plant with subtly but strongly fragrant flowers in January, or at least February on a manageably small tree. Depending on the way the temperatures run in any given season, you can get a bit of bloom as early as December, a sprinkling of sparse flowers off and on in the winter, and finish up in early spring with a tree full of flowers. All this without the diseases and pests that typically plague member of the genus Prunus. Every garden ought to have one.

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