Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February to March
- Flower colour: dark pink
- Other features: edible but bitter, yellow fruits
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An early flowering Japanese apricot that produces deep pink, almond-scented flowers on bare stems in late winter and early spring. These are followed by edible, but bitter yellow fruits. A compact, shrubby tree, which is ideal for small gardens and containers. The half standards have an 80cm clear stem.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Little pruning is needed, you can cut out wayward or crossing branches. If necessary, this should betackled in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker.
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Q:I'd be buying this tree primarily to make the Japanese pickle 'umeboshi'. Does the beni chidori variety fruit successfully in the UK, with a good crop when grown?Asked on 6/23/2014 by Linconclusive
This will produce fruit if grown in good conditions, but I cannot say how many as it is mainly grown for its decorative flowers rather than its fruit production.Answered on 6/26/2014 by helen from crocus
I'm trying to work out whether Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' would be a realistic choice for the space I have available. It would have to be in a container - how large would that need to be?
Thank youAsked on 9/18/2013 by TB from London
These plants do very well in large containers provided they are kept well fed and watered. You could either pot it up in stages, potting it into something around 45 x 45cm now and then going up to a larger pot in a couple of years, or pot it straight into its permanent home. For this I would recommend a pot at least 60 x 60cm (75 x 75cm would be better).Answered on 9/19/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Specimen plant/tree for centre of lawn
Hello, I'm planning on having a specimen plant/tree to go into the centre of the lawn in our garden, but I'm unsure of what the best choice would be. The area isn't very large so ideally I'm looking for something that will not grow very big, no more than 5 feet in height would be ideal. I really like Cherry trees and Magnolias, but I'm unsure if there are any varieties that would be suitable. I would like it to flower, but I don't mind if it is deciduous or evergreen. Also, the position would be in full sun. Any suggestions would be really appreciated, Many thanks, Kindest regards, NickAsked on 4/14/2010 by Gleaming Gem
A:Hello Nick, I suspect these might be too big (5' is really extremely small for a tree), but there are a couple of very compact plants that may be suitable. Here are some of the best. Prunus mume Ben-chidori http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Magnolia stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-stellata-/classid.4139/ Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulous http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/cotoneaster-hybridus-pendulus/classid.2000003017/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/15/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Small tree needed to go near my pond
I have a very small garden and would like to buy a small tree, no higher than 3metres for a rather uninspiring corner of the garden by my small pond. I had thought a flowering cherry would be ideal but they all seem to be very tall. Have you any suggestions? Many thanks CarolAsked on 4/11/2010 by Carol Minshall
A:Hello Carol, there are a couple of options - here are some of the best Prunus mume Ben-chidori http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/ Acer palmatum Butterfly http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/specimen-plants/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-palmatum-butterfly/classid.2000012900/ Acer palmatum var. dissectum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/acer-palmatum-var.-dissectum-/classid.89/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/12/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Small potted Cherry blossom tree
Dear plant doctor, My wife loves Cherry blossom trees (specifically the white blossoms), but we are unable to plant an actual tree, so I am looking for a potted cherry blossom that will have an eventual maximum height of 1.8m. Your colleague told me that the Prunus Shirotae will continue to grow and need to be re-potted, which made it unsuitable. My question is this: "are there any cherry blossom trees that can stay potted and have a maximum height (either natural or due to pruning) of 1.8m?" Thanks in advance MarkAsked on 7/15/2009 by Mark Petitt
A:Hello Mark, There are some lovely smaller cherries, which will be happy in large pots as long as they are kept well fed and watered - here are some of the best. Prunus Hillings Weeping http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/prunus-hillings-weeping/classid.2000012093/ Prunus Snow Showers http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-snow-showers/classid.2000018169/ Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prunus-incisa-kojo-no-mai/classid.4298/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Prunus mume Beni-chidore http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/Answered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How do I plant my Cherry blossom tree?
Hi, What is the depth of hole I should dig for the Cherry tree 10L pot please? What type of compost should I use? Should I plant the pot the plant comes in as well or remove it before planting? How often should I be watering this tree if I plant it within the next two weeks? i.e. Ever other day for two weeks, etc. Regards, ScottAsked on 6/30/2009 by Scott Gilmour
A:Hello Scott, You should dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the existing rootball of the plant. You should then dig in lots of composted organic matter (or John Innes No 3 compost) and backfill until the plant will sit (without its pot) at the same soil level as it had in the pot. You can then gently backfill the sides around the rootball and firm it down without compacting it. As for watering, this will depend on a number of factors, but to be sure all you need to do is keep an eye on it and water it when the surrounding soil feels dry. We do have an article on how to plant on our site which you may find useful - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/artcat.114/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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