Japanese Apricot (prunus mume) pollination
Hi, I recently planted a Japanese Apricot in my yard, the variety is Bungo or Bongo depending on who you ask. I want to ensure pollination but given the limited space, would rather plant a hand fruit. Would another type of fruit, like a plum, apricot, plumcot, etc. be a good candidate for pollination?
Multnomah County Oregon
It's described in one online catalog as “This famous and revered variety is found in gardens throughout Japan. Spectacular in bloom, it is covered with profuse, light pink, fragrant flowers. This flower display is followed by abundant, apricot-size, light green fruit."
Further, even though 'Bungo' is self-fruitful, the suggested pollinator tree is 'Kango Kai' which is described this way: "A popular Japanese variety, Kanko Bai is described as a "Japanese Pickling Plum is prized for its abundant, beautiful, fuchsia-red blooms, red tinted foliage, and large, orange-red fruit that looks like a small apricot. Kanko Bai Japanese Pickling Plum fruit is particularly good for preserving and pickling."If you purchased 'Bungo' in Portland, OR, at a nearby garden center that specializes in unusual fruits, Check back with them as they may have 'Kanko Bai' in stock.