Now, let's focus our attention on ume as a plant, not as a food.
● Botanical Information ●
We can probably assume that ume does not grow in Europe or North America, by looking at its name : "Japanese apricot".
● The Ume Flower ●
In Japan, when we think of flowers, we usually think of cherry blossoms. However,
the plum blossom (flower of ume or Japanese apricot) that blooms in early Spring, before the cherry blossom,
is also loved. We often say "The plum flowers are blooming already? But the cherry trees haven't yet?"
● LINK ●
Kairakuen park in Mito city (English)