PLANT OF THE WEEK

PRUNUS MUME ‘BENI-CHI­DORI’

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR GARDEN -

One of the first fruit blos­soms to grace our gar­dens is the Ja­panese apri­cot, also known as plum blos­som.

In Asian cul­ture, they are one of the Three Friends of Win­ter, the other two be­ing bam­boo and pine – plants that stand firm through win­ter – and sym­bol­ise stead­fast­ness and per­se­ver­ance.

The best va­ri­ety for your gar­den is Beni-chi­dori, a com­pact shape that is suit­able for smaller spa­ces and is cov­ered in rich pink blooms on naked stems in Fe­bru­ary.

What’s re­ally great is the sweet fra­grance from th­ese round blos­soms – a mid-win­ter de­light. Plant in full sun or par­tial shade in most soils that are moist but well-drained.

Ideal also as a con­tainer plant on a pa­tio or bal­cony.

Credit: or­na­men­tal-trees.co.uk

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