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Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama'
Prunus Mume 'Omoi-no-mama' flowers from late December to early March producing semi double flowers that are usually white blossoms. They brighten the winter garden and grow from 15 to 30 feet tall and often nearly as wide. This Japanese apricot is native to moist, well-drained hillsides in China and is an important landscape plant in China and Japan. It flowers best in full sun, but will tolerate slightly shaded spots. In the 20th century, China designated the Plum Blossom as its national flower with the 5 petals representing the 5 blessings (wealth, health, virtue, old age, and natural death). The flowers are widely seen in Asian art in their paintings and ceramics. The Japanese have several hundred cultivars, but are very rare in the US. USDA zones 6-9
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