Characteristics of Ume / Japanese Apricot Tree (Prunus mume) in the Wild
Published by Admin on 08/25/2020 In category Flower Tree
Ume or Japanese Apricot sometimes also referred to as Japanese Plum, is a species of flowering plant native to East Asia classified in the genus Prunus.
The ume tree originally came from around the Yangtze River in southern China and was later introduced to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Now the trees can be found in forests, riverbanks, and mountain slopes at an altitude of 1,500-3,000 m above sea level.
In Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisine, the fruit from the ume tree is used to make juices, flavorings, jams, and sauces. It is also used in the composition of traditional medicinal herbs.
Ume trees flower in late winter and early spring, which is considered a symbol of seasonality.
Ume flowers have long been a beloved subject in traditional Japanese painting and poetry (Haiku or Renga).
The varieties and cultivars of ume trees that are widely used as ornamental trees include: