The Plum is one of our earliest flowering trees, often opening its showers of pink and white blossoms early in January. It forms a most handsome tree and should be seen in the landscape much more commonly than it is, growing freely in any fairly good soil and requiring no irrigation if the soil is kept loose and free from weeds.
The first to bloom is the Prunus Pissardii (a native of Persia) having white flowers tinted with pink, while, a little later, its reddish-purple leaves and, in the Fall, its handsome light-red fruit make it a very desirable small tree. It grows to the height of about thirty feet.
Prunus Mume, the famous flowering Plum of Japan, with its showers of bright pink blossoms, makes a handsome feature in the landscape. Groups of this beautiful, hardy, free-flowering tree are most effective when grown with a background of dark-foliaged fir, spruce or yew, or flanked with a belt of Japanese Retinospora retusa.
Primus pendula, the Weeping Japanese Cherry is a small tree growing to the height of twenty feet having drooping branches forming a pyramid. When in bloom it is very beautiful, being graceful in habit and covered with myriads of cherry pink blossoms.
There are many other species which are very desirable for decorating the shrubbery, such as the double-flowering Prunus sinensis flore pleno, with pink or white flowers, and Prunus triloba, also a double-flowering species of shrubby habit.
Propagate by cuttings inserted in the open ground in November, or by seeds planted about one inch deep and three inches apart, in Spring.