Japanese plum


: a small plum tree (Prunus salicina) native to China and cultivated especially in Japan for its large sweet usually yellow to light red fruit
also : its fruit

Examples of Japanese plum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some unusual trees include the Chinese fringe tree, Chinese pistachio and Japanese plum yew. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Several Japanese plum trees, for instance, which are usually the earliest flowering trees, already blossomed around the National Mall in late January. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 25 Feb. 2023 Think: shiso, togarashi, Japanese plum, yuzu, and of course, lychee. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 In past years Japanese plum, also called loquat, was used effectively as a road border or shade tree transition because it was disciplined and grew well in our climate and soil and in the sun or the shade. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 The Japanese plum juice is sourced from the Wakayama prefecture and the spring water from the Hyogo mountains. Bon Appétit, 13 Aug. 2021 Other small and medium size trees to consider for a San Antonio landscape are vitex, anaqua, Japanese plum, Texas persimmon and Mexican buckeye. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 22 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Japanese plum was in 1893

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“Japanese plum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japanese%20plum. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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