plum blossom is one
of the most famous flowers in China and one of the most popular
subjects in Chinese paintings. It is a noble and unsullied flower
that braves the cold and brings vigor and vitality to the world.
The plum has five petals symbolizing five auspicious nesses.
The plum flower, pine tree, bamboo, and chrysanthemum form the "four
plants of virtue". Together
and plum trees represent man and wife. Plum, pine trees, and
bamboo together are known as the "Friends in Winter" because
all three grow tall and straight even in the coldest weather.
The three together are a symbol of lasting friendship.