Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'

4lt half standard £59.99
available to order from spring
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Buy Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Japanese apricot: Compact tree for small gardens

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained fertile soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: February to March
  • 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 at least a 60cm clear stem.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Little pruning is needed, though you can cut out wayward or crossing branches if necessary. This should be tackled in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker.

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Still waiting to see how this goes


The tree suffered from leaf curl after planting. Looked very unhappy. We've left it in and am hoping that it recovers for Spring. If it does it's a fabulous looking tree so fingers crossed.




Yes I would buy this tree again.


It is a beautifully shaped and compact tree perfect for small gardens. Also has the advantage of attractive flowers in February and has a delicious scent.






Absolutely stunning. The blossom is remarkably beautiful and is loved by bees.



It is beautiful


I love this shrub, it is a fabulous colour planted close to the house where it can be seen easily. A burst of colour at this time of year is so welcome. It continued flowering after the snow, remarkable




Stunning spring interest


Fantastic perfume




Lovely late winter colour


I bought this tree for a small garden to give late winter colour. It has certainly done this this year. It arrived in excellent condition.




Beautiful little tree


The tree has masses of scented flowers in spite of the recent cold and snow. Really pleased.

Gardener in chief



Prunus mume @Beni-chidori


This tree was a gift in 2017 from a dear friend who then died in September, and therefore very precious. It is in a large pot and the first bloom opened on my birthday in January, a wonderful surprise! Gradually the buds opened along the branches and it has been really beautiful for a month. The blossom has not yet dropped but has lost its vivid colour. It is a lovely tree for long lasting blossom all along the branches before any sign of leaves. It blooms really early and is a cheerful sight on dark January days.




Whats not to like beautiful


Bought this from crocus before,previous garden so had to have another one for my new garden

Mrs duff



Beautiful Tree for Small Gardens


I planted my Beni-chidori in a slightly shady spot in my small London garden. She provides elegant dappled shade for hellebores, hostas, heucheras, dicentras, astilbes, foxgloves and aquilegias, all of which survive beautifully under this delicate little tree. It is the glory of the garden every February, when every branch is covered from trunk to tip in beautiful rich magenta flowers, which last for at least a couple of weeks. After which the leaves appear, again delicate and small, not overshadowing the plants growing underneath. Before the leaves drop in Autumn they turn a bright yellow, meaning this tree provides colour and elegance through all the seasons. It has a spreading habit so every spring after flowering new branches appear from the crown, bringing with them the promise of an even more spectacular display of flowers the following Winter/Spring. Easy to care for, I only prune back very long branches and crossing branches where necessary, and she is mostly disease resistant, one year rust appeared, but after one treatment it was gone. Bottom line, if you have a small garden and wish to add some vertical interest without overshadowing the garden too much, this little gem is perfect.

Duchess Moffit of the Muddy Fingers




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Hello. I have just received my half standard prunus.thank you. I am going to put it into a big pot , the size you recommend, does it have to have ericaceous compost, or will a john innes do? Many thanks .


Hello there No this plant doesn't need ericaceous compost, John Innes no3 will be fine. Hope this helps

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?


Hello, 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.


Hello, 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 you


Hello, 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).


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, Nick

Gleaming Gem

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 Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura Magnolia stellata Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulous I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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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 Carol

Carol Minshall

Hello Carol, there are a couple of options - here are some of the best Prunus mume Ben-chidori Acer palmatum Butterfly Acer palmatum var. dissectum I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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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 Mark

Mark Petitt

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 Prunus Snow Showers Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura Prunus mume Beni-chidore

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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, Scott

Scott Gilmour

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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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