Japanese Flowering Apricots

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Raleigh, North Carolina
January 14, 2020

With temperatures in the Triangle 10 to 20 degrees above normal for January, it's no wonder that this Japanese Apricot, found on the NC State Centennial Campus, is already in bloom.

According to Denis Levy, a noted plant and flower authority based in Raleigh, the Japanese Flowering Apricot originated in China before being introduced to Japan. “It was J. C. Raulston who brought the tree to prominence in America.” Denis said.

“The Japanese Apricots are blooming about 2 weeks early this year.” Their branches are covered with pink and red flowers that make an attractive carpet when they fall to the ground. “The tree also attract pollinator bees, who are drawn to it because it is one of the only sources of nectar this time of year.”

Many will recognize the name Raulston, as the Raulston Arboretum is named in his honor. Dr. Raluston was a professor at the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, The Arboretum, which is located off Berly Road in Raleigh, is open to the public every day.

Raulston loved the tree so much, he left money in his will to be used for planting them around Raleigh. Normally just beginning to bloom at this time of the year, they can be easily spotted because they stand out against an otherwise dark landscape. They can be seen in parks and other public places around the city, including at the Arboretum.

You can follow Denis on Instagram @_denis22 and the Arboretum @JCRalustonAboretum.