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Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Tree

Flowering Japanese Apricot Tree

from From £21.99 (ex. VAT)
( £26.39 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' is a fantastic choice for an early flowering, small garden tree or upright shrub as the pink, almost red, single flowers open earlier than most other Japanese flowering cherry trees in late February – March on bare branches. The flowers are almond scented and popular with a variety of wildlife. Mid-green, glossy foliage boasts apricot-orange tints in autumn. The tree itself is slightly lollypop shaped, with a clear stem and somewhat rounded head.

This Japanese apricot tree is tolerant of all but very wet or chalky soils and can be expected to reach a height and spread of 2.5 x 2.5 metres in 20 years. 'Beni-chidori' is a beautiful ornamental tree perfect for Japanese themed gardens or to add a bright burst of colour in the early grey of a new year. 'Beni-chidori' make great trees for pots and look fabulous on patios and sheltered balconies.  This is one of our most popular varieties of winter flowering tree.

We also have a white flowering Japanese apricot - Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama'.

AKA Japanese apricot tree, Flowering Japanese apricot, Prunus mume 'Beni chidori' more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori'
3L pot 60-90cm Bush £21.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready July 2017
Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori'
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready June 2017
Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori'
10L pot 80-100cm Top grafted at 45cm £49.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready July 2017
Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori' Prunus mume 'Beni-Chidori'
10L pot 120-150cm Top grafted at 100cm £54.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Trees

When planting Flowering Japanese Apricot trees, such as 'Beni-chidori', it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown flowering Japanese apricot trees can be planted at any time of the year.

To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

After Care Advice for Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your Flowering Japanese apricot tree to its own devices, it can be encouraged by gentle pruning. 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. However, the formative pruning that you have already carried out will have led to a healthier tree, less likely to need this.

Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Tree (Flowering Japanese Apricot Tree) Description

  • Common name: Flowering Japanese apricot tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Early flowering pink blossoms, and green glossy foliage in spring/summer that turns apricot-orange in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all but very wet or chalky soils