The Prunus mume is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus subgenus Prunus. Its common names include Chinese plum and Japanese apricot. The flower is usually called plum blossom. This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees.
Purple apricot is a lovely, delicate tree with reddish-orange buds bursting into white blossoms. A delicate tracery of branch and twig is reminiscent of the best Japanese cherry blossom art. Truly a beautiful and unusual tree here in the American Midwest.
Prunus brigantina, called Briançon apricot, marmot plum, and alpine apricot, is a wild tree species native to France and Italy. It is the only apricot-like Prunus species native to Europe. The fruit is similar to the commercial apricot Prunus armeniaca, and is edible.