Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Red Plum Blossoms

Plum blossom is a deciduous tree that starts to flower in mid-winter, typically around January until late February in East Asia. The flowers are 2-2.5 cm in diameter and have a strong fragrant scent. They have colors in varying shades of white, pink, and red.The fruit ripens in early summer, around June and July in East Asia, and coincides with the rainy season of East Asia, the meiyu (梅雨, literally "plum rain").The drupe is 2–3 cm in diameter with a groove running from the stalk to the tip.The skin turns yellow, sometimes with a red blush, as it ripens, and the flesh becomes yellow. The tree is cultivated for its fruit and flowers.