Winter Double Pink Flowering Ume Apricot
Japanese apricot or Ume fruits are eaten raw, candied, boiled, preserved in sugar, pickled in salt and dried, or made into a liqueur. The pulp is also used in the preparation of ume-bishio, a sour jam. Fruits preserved in salt and flavored with red Perilla are known as Umeboshi or salt plums are popular in macrobiotic cooking and sushi and Asian cuisine. One Umeboshi eaten in the morning relieves hangover. At our nursery flowers bloom in February. The early pollen makes Ume an excellent honey bee tree. The bees enthusiastically work the tree on a warm day in the winter. I've picked the flowers on Valentine's Day. In China, the blossoms are used for scenting tea. Plant a tree near the driveway entrance, visitors will feel a warm welcome passing a colorful blooming tree in the late winter.
Very fragrant, large ruffled, deep-pink flowers. Self fertile. Mature height 12'. Sometimes used as a bonsai specimen. Space 10'-15' circle. Zones 5-7.
|Disease Resistance||Very Good|
|Wet Soil Tolerance||Poor|
|Fresh for Kids||Fair|
|This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome|
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