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Flowering almond is a large shrub or small tree with bright pink flowers. The double flowering form is more popular in the nursery trade.

  • Family (English) Rose
  • Family (botanic) Rosaceae
  • Tree or plant type Tree, Shrub
  • Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Compact tree (10-15 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago)
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil
  • Season of interest mid spring, late spring
  • Flower color and fragrance Pink
  • Shape or form Irregular, Round
  • Growth rate Moderate

Size & Form:

Flowering almond is a large, dense, rounded shrub. The small tree form often grows 10 to 15 feet high and wide.

Native geographic location and habitat:

This plant is native to China.

Attracts birds & butterflies:

Butterflies are attracted to flowers and the fruit attracts many birds.

Bark color and texture:

The bark is brown on slender stems.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

Leaves are alternate, simple, double-serrated elliptical leaf about 2 to 4 inches long. They are medium green in summer turning a yellow-gold in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size:

Flowers are five-petaled pink flowers appearing in early spring. 

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

The fruit is a 1/2 inch, round, fleshy red fruit that attracts many songbirds.

Plant care:

Grows best in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. It is tolerant of clay, sand, and acidic soils, but does not tolerate standing water or wet soil. However, it will withstand moderate drought and wind once established. Prune regularly to maintain good branching and remove dead wood. It is often short-lived.

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:

Borers, scale insects, spider mites, black knot, powdery mildew, leaf spots, and verticillium wilt are common problems.

Double-flowered almond (Prunus triloba var. multiplex):

This is a showy double-flowered form that does not produce fruit.


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