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DeciduousTapered, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long
TreeSmall tree with upright, bushy habit. Flowers, on bare shoots in late winter, are followed by bitter, yellow fruits to 3cm (1¼in) across
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Partial shadeLight, dappled shade.
PRUNUS mume 'Beni-chidori'
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowBlooms earlier than the cherries and has a delicacy that cherries lack. Plant by a path for the early scent. Translates as 'Red Plover'Pests & DiseasesAphids, caterpillars, bullfinches, silver leaf, honey fungus, bacterial canker.Place of originChina, Korea
Flower ShapeBowl-shapedBowl-shaped, 2.5cm (1in) acrossSingleRow of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardens
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented flowersAlmond-scented.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilModerately fertile, humus-rich
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant