Japanese Apricot

Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’

The Japanese Flowering Apricot (Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’) is an early winter flowering tree.  Related to the cherry, it is often mistaken for a cherry that has bloomed too soon in the winter.  The pink flowers are beautiful in the dreary winter landscape and do not give up when cold weather hits. Honey bees fly in the winter if the temperature is above 52Ëš F so anything blooming at this time is a great treat for them.

A small tree, it will grow to about 20-30′ tall depending on the variety.  It thrives in full sun but can take some partial shade.  It is relatively pest and disease resistant.

Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke' - flower

Introduced to the west from Japan in the 1840s, it remained relatively little known until the late Dr. J.C. Raulston of North Carolina State University worked to promote its use in the home landscape.

The Peggy Clarke cultivar is known for its double, deep rose flowers with extremely long stamens and a red calyx.

Type tree Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke' - Japanese Apricot
Size 20-30′ tall and wide
Flower pink/rose
Fruit inedible yellow drupe – a small apricot
Hardy Zones 6-9
Native Japan, China

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