Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Prunus x domestica or Prunus salicina (PROO-nus do-MES-ti-ca)
Form and Size:
The woody branches of plum flowering branches have delicate flowers. It also has plums on the branches, which are a very delicious fruit.
5 – 7 days
late-winter – early-spring
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Rosaceae (rose) family, plum flowering branches originated in China and Japan. The name prunus comes from the Latin word for plum and domestica means cultivated. Plums are a very popular fruit that many people eat regularly.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of plum flowering branches include apple, peach, potentilla, pear and strawberry. The Japanese believed the plum tree to be a symbol of happiness and marriage. If given to a loved one it means, “Keep your promises!” in the language of flowers. Although there are more than 2,000 different varieties of the plum tree, not all grow the sweet plum fruit.