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Prunus mume

Prunus mume, with the common names including Chinese plum and Japanese apricot, is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus. The flower, long a beloved subject in the traditional painting of East Asia, is usually translated as plum blossom. This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees.Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it is more closely related to the apricot.

Prunus mume originated in the south of China around the Yangtze River and was later introduced to Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Japan.

It can be found in sparse forests, stream sides, forested slopes along trails and mountains, sometimes at altitudes up to 1700 to 3100 meter, and regions of cultivation

Prunus mume is a deciduous tree that starts flowering in mid-winter, typically around January or February in East Asia. It can grow to 4ĘC10 meters tall.The flowers are 2-2.5 cm in diameter and have a strong fragrant scent.

They have colors in varying shades of white, pink, and redThe leaves appear shortly after the petals fall, are oval-shaped with a pointed tip, and are 4ĘC8 cm long and 2.5ĘC5 cm wide.

The fruit ripens in early summer, around June and July in East Asia, and coincides with the rainy season of East Asia, the meiyu .

The drupe is 2ĘC3 cm in diameter with a groove running from the stalk to the tip. The skin turns yellow, sometimes with a red blush, as it ripens, and the flesh becomes yellow. The tree is cultivated for its fruit and flowers.