|Prunus mume is an interesting tree that may take a normal rounded form, corkscrew, or pendulous growth habit. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to broad-ovate. Some plants may reach 20 feet high. The stems are polished, and shiny green. Over 250 cultivars are available in Japan with flower colors ranging from white to pink to red, either single or double.
The blooms arrive at a most welcome time, from late winter to early spring. The fruits produced are yellow drupes, and are inedible. They prefer fertile, acid soil and full sun. Easily rooted from softwood cuttings, seeds require stratification. Introduced in 1844 from China, Japan.