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Peggy Clarke Flowering Apricot

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 49615
$48.95
Buy 3+ at $42.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $38.95 ea
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Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'

This Japanese Apricot is very fast growing
Peggy Clarke is a tree to fall in love with. Its double blooms arise on bare stems in late winter or earliest spring, colorful and sweetly, spicily scented like cinnamon toast. Lasting for weeks, they make spectacular cuts for the vase (snip a long branch so that you get a long line of blooms in various stages of maturity), and they are indescribably lovely in the bare early-season landscape. Order this one quickly -- it WILL sell out, and it deserves a place in your fine garden.

A selection of Japanese Apricot, Peggy Clarke came to this country in 1941, introduced by William Clarke and named for his daughter. It stands out even in the crowded Prunus mume field for its rich flower color, double-flowered form, and intense sweet allspice scent. The flowers arise on bare branches, their rosy-pink calyces surrounding very prominent yellow stamens. Textured like crepe paper, they add an oriental elegance to any setting.

As the flowers begin to pass, the foliage appears. About 2 to 4 inches long and oval, it keeps this small tree attractive until frost. By summer, the branches are also dotted with small, bitter fruits of yellowish-green. Technically they are apricots; for our purposes, they are bird attractants!

Peggy Clarke reaches 15 to 20 feet tall and a bout 14 feet wide over time. Best as a specimen, it thrives in full sun everywhere but the hottest climates. It is a fast grower, adding 3 to 5 feet of height a year once it feels comfortable in its setting.

You can grow Peggy Clarke as is, creating a large, bushy shrub. There is definitely beauty in this form. Most gardeners, however, prefer to prune it when young into a single central stem, creating a more vase- or umbrella-shaped tree. Naturally upright and symmetrical, Peggy Clarke will delight you in any form! Zones 6-10.

Genus Prunus
Species mume
Variety 'Peggy Clarke'
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 6 - 10
Bloom Season Mid Winter - Early Spring
Habit Upright
Plant Height 20 ft
Plant Width 14 ft
Additional Characteristics Double Blooms, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color Rose, Pink
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Specimen, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

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