This week's gem is blooming right now. It is Prunus mume 'Kobai' one of the Japanese Flowering Apricots. It had been on my wish for at least fifteen years and I don't know why it took me so long to get it, but back in the fall of 2018, my wish came true.
A winter bloomer, Kobai starts blooming at the beginning of February and is still looking nice right now. On warm days I can catch wind of its sweet fragrance.
|Prunus mume 'Kobai' flowers|
I bought my plant from sweet and super smart plant lady Lucile Whitman at Whitman Farms, located just outside of Salem's west side. If you've never been to her beautiful nursery, you must call Lucile and make an appointment. She's got the coolest stuff, more than what's on her website.
The flowers are small, maybe one inch in diameter, but they're oh so exquisite with their soft petals and frilly insides. They appear on bare branches, followed by the leaves in early April.
Below is a photo of the plant right after I brought it home. It was in October so it was already going dormant. At almost three feet tall and branching, it was already off to a good start.
|The stick-looking plant is the Prunus|
Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the early bees enjoying the nectar. But they do. Trust me.
Finally, in case you're wondering, flowering apricot trees/shrubs are pretty much strictly ornamental. They produce these cute baby apricots but they are not delicious.
Do you grow this lovely?