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Beni-chidori flowering cherry

Prunus mume
This form of the flowering apricot has scented pink blossom which appears early in the spring.

Also known as

  • Beni-shidare
  • Beni-shidori

Beni-chidori flowering cherry identification images

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USDA identification images for Beni-chidori

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    Tree register

    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Beni-chidori tree you can register it here.


    • Species: Prunus species - Flowering cherry


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Country of origin: China
    • Country of origin: Japan
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Flowering month: February
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Long
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold


    • Food uses: Not suitable for humans
    • Garden type: Small town garden
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Vigour: Slightly small
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Longevity: Long-lived
    • Growth rate: Average
    • Attractive features: Scented flowers
    • Soil type: Clay
    • Pruning: Prune after flowering
    • Height after 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
    • Useful for: Patio containers
    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading / Vase
    • Flowering season: Early
    • Useful for: Small gardens
    • Soil type: Normal


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H5 (to -15C)

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Beni-chidori flowering cherry trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.