Ume (japanese plum tree) - 梅

The plum tree was imported to Japan during the Nara period, as a medicinal plant, its fruit is said to have properties to relieve coughs and lung diseases.
 
Its flower has become more and more represented, especially on kimono, and many poems have been written about the plum tree.
Plum trees bloom at the end of winter and herald spring. With a stronger scent than cherry trees, they color the gardens and parks of Japan with their often very pink hue, sometimes tending to white or yellow depending on the species. There are over 300 varieties of plum blossoms.
A festival is organized every year in honor of its flowering.
 
The fruit is positioned between our plums and apricots. It is quite acidic and is mainly consumed processed like umeboshi (salted plums) or umeshu (plum alcohol).

Ume

Ume