Prunus mume
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Prunus mume

Japanese apricot
wu mei

  family rosaceae 
  genus prunus 

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Genus  Prunus Species  mume Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Japanese apricot   ume   plum   wu mei   meboshi Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S8509 Data source  CrscntBlm;DyePl p40;GrUnFr p16-21;MedPl p255;Frgnt p127
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  20' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Buddhist temple sale Compost  no Size at acquisition  5 gallon Garden location  Fruit tree line Garden notes  The flowers of Prunus mume have a faint sweet fragrance. The wood of Japanese apricot (also known as plum) has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Prunus mume is known as wu mei in Chinese, meboshi in Japanese or ume in Japanese. A range of possible colors can be produced by this plant including reddish brown, yellowish brown and bluish black. Plum is used in Japan for dyeing. Common mordants used to fix the color to the fabric when dyeing with this plant include iron and lime.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antibiotic   antidiarrheal Medicinal parts  Fruit Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is small and tart with a large pit. Prunus mume is most frequently used pickled. Japanese apricot (sometimes called plum) has been used in traditional herbal healing as either an antibiotic or an antidiarrheal. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the fruit.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  delicately scented blossoms Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Wood Dye color  reddish brown,yellowish brown,bluish black
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Cross pollination Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Jun 01 - Jun 30 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Pickled Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts small and tart with a large pit Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  In order to produce fruit Prunus mume needs to be cross-pollinated. Harvesting usually occurs in June. Japanese apricot (in some places called plum) is considered to have originated from Japan and Western Asia.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Prunus mume is a woody perennial. Japanese apricot (locally known in some parts as plum) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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