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.
Early-summer- flowering shrubs can be pruned this month to keep them vigorous and flowering well. It is also the ideal time to prune several trees that are prone to bleeding if pruned at other times, and it’s not too late to complete the pruning jobs forRead full article