Flowering Almond
Prunus glandulosa

 …for a filigreed spring bloom

Common Name: Dwarf Flowering Almond

Latin Name: Prunus glandulosa

Design Tip: Incorporate one or more into a mixed planting for a spring splash, followed by summer greenery. The lax stems and small leaves suit a naturalized scene.

Form: The multi-stemmed small shrub is composed of thin wiry branches emerging upright from the center. With age, the stems relax downwards in irregular directions.

Size: A moderate growth rate matures at 4 to 5 foot height.

Flowers: The blooms open before its leaves sprout in mid spring. Numerous varieties offer a choice of single or double blossoms in white or pink. The bloom spell may last only two weeks, but provides a delightful prelude to the oncoming growing season.

Foliage: Deciduous medium-green leaves have an elongated oval shape with finely toothed edges.

Soil: The flowering almond shrub will live in moderately dry soil or well-drained irrigated bed. Irrigation is required the first season after planting and during long droughts. An annual feeding after flowering, and a deep organic mulch insures good subsequent blooms.

Light Exposure: Flowering Almond grows in full sun or partial shade.

Cold Tolerance: It is hardy to USDA Zones 4.

Grooming: An annual pruning after blooms decline will induce new wood growths for increased bloom in the following spring.

Snippets: Branches cut in early spring can be forced into bloom indoors. The shrub transplants easily in the dormant season. The species is Native to Japan and China.

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 Cultivated, photographed and written by
Maggie Ross McNeely in Ft. Worth, Texas
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