The Japanese apricot or Prunus mume makes a beautiful little tree with almond scented pink flowers.
The flowers appear quite early, anytime from end of February to late April. It grows well in our climate having been first introduced to this country in 1844.
This is a field grown example of bonsai imported from Japan. It is increasingly difficult to source this sort of bonsai raw material now, a situation that will only get worse we fear. Lots of interesting character is featured in that sinuous trunk. It is chuhin in size at a height of 33cm. Branch spread measures 42cm. At soil level the surface roots are 14cm. across and the trunk diam. above that 6cm. It is in a plastic bonsai training pot 29x21x8 cm. A good start has been made in the creation of a primary branch structure. More to be done there as well as secondary branching and ramification. Apart from interesting old trunks the species is grown mainly for the flowering. This will make an interesting project.