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Prunus mume ‘Beni-Chidori’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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Native to W. China, Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' has masses of fragrant, carmine-pink, flowers in early spring several weeks ahead of Japanese cherries. The beautiful fragrance of almonds can sometimes be noticed some distance away on a still day.

Leaves emerge pale green and show colourful apricot pink tints in a good, crisp autumn.

Supplied Size: 5L containers. 1/4 standards with clear stem to 80-100 cm with grafted, bushy head.

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Prunus mume  ‘Beni-Chidori’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Prunus mume  ‘Beni-Chidori’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Prunus mume  ‘Beni-Chidori’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
5 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: late February - April.
Flower Colour: Bright pink
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' grows to be a very small, spreading tree.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)

Notes: Prunus are known for their vigorous root systems and should not be planted over drains or close to house foundations. Despite the common name, this plant will not produce Apricots. This plant is also known as Prunus mume 'Beni-Shidare'.

Plant Finder: about Prunus mume ‘Beni-Chidori’

Common names

Japanese Apricot


Prunus mume ‘Beni-Chidori’ (Japanese Apricot). This is a small tree with highly scented, double flowers, in deep pink, which arrive in February. Pale green leaves are flushed orange and pink in autumn before falling. The fruits, though edible, are very bitter.


Do not plant near house foundations, as the roots are vigorous.

Interest and use

Grown for its early, scented flowers.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Prunus mume  ‘Beni-Chidori’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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