Prunus mume & Chimonanthus fragrans start blooming -

jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)February 5, 2014

Prunus mume & Chimonanthus fragrans should have started blooming in the South. They bloom a lot earlier than cherries, peaches, etc.These are spring flowering trees with sweet and wafting scent. I love them.

Brandon, are yours blooming now?

Prunus mume, red petals and styles:

Prunus mume, red petals and white styles:

Prunus mume, white petals and white styles

Prunus mume, double or semi-double form:

Prunus mume, pink petals and white styles

Chimonanthus fragrans and seats for enjoying the wafting scent:

This post was edited by jujujojo on Wed, Feb 5, 14 at 9:41

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Nice photographic collection of Prunus mume blooms! Mine have not started blooming yet. Probably won't be too long now.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 1:08PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

Posted by brandon7 7 TN (My Page) on Wed, Feb 5, 14 at 13:08

Oh, it is good to learn that you have these too. See, we have some common ground :-) Have the buds of yours been showing color yet?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 9:00PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I actually haven't looked at them in quite a while. I live across town from my arboretum/farm and it's been exceptionally wet and cold around here lately. Yesterday was the first time I've even been able to do much outside in probably two weeks. That's one reason I've been on here as much as I have.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 9:21PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

This picture is taken in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China today.

For the cold regions, these can be forced in greenhouse and bloom indoors:

This is called "dancing in the wind", Brandon, if you have time in winter, you could try these. These are not aimed at large market but each piece sell at a very high price.

The show plays a few pieces of music. One of them is an ancient piece dated to 317 AD designed for Prunus mume. You can hear it here. As a pointer, in the piece, either the blooms or the fragrance first appeared at 0:45.

Two kinds of Chimonanthus:

This post was edited by jujujojo on Wed, Feb 5, 14 at 22:37

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 10:20PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Correctly C. praecox. It comes in more yellow and less yellow versions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chimonanthus

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 12:07AM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

Posted by sam_md z7 MD (My Page) on Thu, Jan 30, 14 at 16:15
forget about gulls, why are plastic trees used outside in China. With so many beautiful Asian trees such as Prunus mume send a pic of the real thing. What kind of trees are favored around temples, cemeteries, how about the Forbidden City? What does it mean when I see thousands of strips of white paper tied to branches of some trees around shrines? I am asking the OP to surprise us and provide an interesting post.

Sam, this is Beijing Zhongshan Park today, right outside the Forbidden City, USDA zone 6-7. They have small flower shows all year round. If you have other request, please feel free to ask me.

Don't know what shrubs are those but they are protected.

Oncidium

Leucospermum

Kenya Lipstick Roses

    Bookmark   February 7, 2014 at 8:27PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

Brandon, are yours showing colors now? I thought Tennessee is warm.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 11:59AM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

Come back to Prunus. These pictures are taken in Wuhan, China.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:09PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

More weeping ones:

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 6:13PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

Brandon, are you still around? Would you post some of yours?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 1:40PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Tennessee has been colder than average this March as has Maryland, where I am. The entire eastern US outside Florida has been colder than normal.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 4:10PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Jujujojo, I went over to the farm today and looked at mine. There are a few buds, but not many. I'm not sure what will happen later on, but it looks like this may be an off year. I did quite a bit of pruning last year and don't know if this had anything to do with it or not.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 8:47PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

â¢Posted by brandon7 7 TN (My Page) on Sat, Mar 15, 14 at 20:47

I probably am asking too late. Brandon, are yours finished blooming now?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 11:01AM
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