Prunus mume

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Prunus mume, Sieb. & Zucc. (Armeniaca Mume, Sieb.). Japanese Apricot. Fig. 3214; also Fig. 279, Vol. I. Tree of the dimensions of the common apricot, but the bark greenish or gray and the foliage duller in color branchlets green: lvs. relatively small, narrow-ovate to nearly round-ovate, long-pointed, finely and sharply serrate, more or less scabrous, lighter-colored beneath, the petioles mostly gland-bearing: fls. sessile or nearly so, fragrant: fr. mostly smaller than that of P. Armeniaca. yellow or greenish, the dry flesh adhering to the pitted stone. Japan, where it is much grown for its fls. Gn. 50:164. R.H. 1885:564. G.G. III. 29:183.—Planted to some extent in the S., particularly in the form known as Bungo or Bongoume apricot or plum, but of minor value. When top-worked on plum, it withstands the winters of Cent. N. Y., but does not bear. The apricot cult, as Chinese or Shense is also of this species. There are many double-fld. forms in Japan, where it is much prized for decoration. Var. Goethartiana, Koehne. Lvs. as in P. Mume, rather large: calyx-tube and lobes pubescent. Japan. Var. albo-plena, Hort., fls. double, rose in bud then white. Gt. 52:1513b. Other Latin-named varieties are recorded, as forms laciniata, Maxim., var. microcarpa, var. viridicalyx, and var. cryptopetala, Makino. CH

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