Plum: Prunus mume is an Asian tree species. This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees. Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it is more closely related to the apricot. The fruit of the tree is used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean cooking in juices, as a flavouring for alcohol, as a pickle and in sauces. It is also used in traditional medicine. The tree's flowering in late winter and early spring is highly regarded as a seasonal symbol.
winter garden, Littlethorpe Manor. Blocks of coloured stem Dogwoods including Cornus ‘Mid Winter Fire’, ‘Sibirica’, ‘Flaviramea’ and ‘Kesselringii’ fill the sections, under planted with groundcover of Bergenia ‘Abendglut’, Luzula sylvatica, Erica ‘Springwood Pink’ and ‘Springwood White’. Highlights are provided by winter and early spring flowering shrubs such as Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra’, Viburnum farreri “Candidissimum’, Prunus mume “Omoi No Mama’ and ‘Beni Chidori’.