I planted my Armeniaca mume as a first year whip last fall, so you have at least 4 year's experience ahead of me.
It gamely put forth some dainty flowers this spring
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And even bore some fruit. I kept two after the June drop, then
cut the leader to about 30 inches. I plan to prune it to a "bush" form as it is in a small area.