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Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Tree

Flowering Japanese Apricot Tree
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Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' is a fantastic choice for an early flowering small tree. The deep pink single flowers lean towards a red shade and open on bare branches in late February – March, earlier than most Japanese flowering cherry trees. The flowers are almond scented and popular with a variety of wildlife. Mid-green, glossy foliage boasts apricot-orange tints in autumn.

This Japanese Apricot tree had a somewhat rounded head, making it slightly lollypop shaped. Expect a height and spread of 2.5 x 2.5 metres in 20 years. Tolerant of all but very wet or chalky soils, 'Beni-chidori is a fabulous choice for putting in a pot to add colour to a patio in the early grey of a new year.

Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' is one of our most popular varieties of winter - early spring flowering tree. We also have a white flowering Japanese Apricot, Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama'.

AKA Japanese Apricot Beni-chidori, Prunus mume 'Beni Chidori'

  • Common name: Flowering Japanese Apricot Beni-chidori
  • Latin name: Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Flowers: Early flowering, deep pink blossoms then occasionally yellow fruits
  • Foliage: Green glossy foliage in spring/summer turns apricot-orange in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all but very wet or chalky soils
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Planting Advice For Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'

Our pot grown Beni-chidori Japanese Apricot trees can be planted at any time of the year. Choosing a location away from strong winds protects the blossom display. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Japanese Apricot trees (except multi-stem forms) with a stake and tie kit to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide.

After Care Advice For Prunus 'Beni-chidori'

If you’re planting Flowering Apricot in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. See irrigation kits.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Trees

Although it is possible to leave your Beni-chidori Apricot tree to its own devices, if you prune it for the first few years it will create a more balanced branch framework. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. The formative pruning previously carried out will have led to a healthier tree less likely to need this though. On top grafted forms, very occasionally the grafted stem may produce shoots and these should be pruned back.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Form: Top grafted at 100cm Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 100cm 120-150cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Form: Top grafted at 45cm Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 45cm 80-100cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 7.5L pot Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Price £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 120-150cm 7.5L pot £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Form: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 20L pot Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Price £169.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 20L pot £169.99 (ex VAT)
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