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The Japanese plum or ume (sometimes referred to as Japanese apricot) has played an important role in Japanese culture for many centuries. It was originally imported from China.

The plum is associated with the start of spring because plum blossoms are some of the first to open during the year.

They typically flower in February and March. The event is celebrated with plum festivals (ume matsuri) in public parks, shrines and temples across the country.

Like cherry trees, plum trees come in many varieties..

Most plum blossoms have 5 petals and range in color from white to dark pink. Some species with more than five petals (yae-ume) and weeping plum trees (shidare-ume) have also been cultivated.

Unlike cherry blossoms, plum blossoms have a strong fragrance.

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  • Written May 17, 2005
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