Kaga plum tree originates from the Kaga region of Japan. It produces large, red-skinned fruit known for its sweet flavor. The tree puts forth beautiful springtime blossoms and attractive leaves, making it a valuable landscaping tree.
When grown in the wild, the Kaga tree can reach a height of 8-12 feet. Hybrid dwarf trees are popular in cultivated gardens.
The Kaga plum is actually the Japanese apricot and is cultivated for its flowers as well as its fruits. The flowers symbolize the return of spring.
The Kaga tree requires a pollinator of its own kind in order to bear fruit. Two or more trees of the same variety must be planted together for pollination to take place.
A Kaga plum tree will bear fruit for about 25 to 30 years, yielding approximately 1 to 2 1/2 bushels of fruit annually.
The roots and bark of the Kaga plum tree were used to make a liquid dye. "Umezome" (plum dyeing) was very popular from the early Muromachi period (1333 - 1573) until the Edo period (1603 - 1868).
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