Flowering almonds are known for their spectacular displays of delicate, fluffy blooms that explode onto the scene in early spring. Often flowering before the leaves even appear, these charming shrubs or small trees add a delightful splash of color to landscapes just when the winter grays start to fade. Their sweet fragrance and graceful form make them enchanting additions to any garden.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: 15-20 years (with proper care)
  • Canopy Size and Spread: Dwarf: 3-5 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide; Tree: 15-20 ft tall x 10-12 ft wide
  • Root Characteristics: Non-invasive, moderately deep taproot with some spreading lateral roots
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, growing about 1-2 feet per year.
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil
  • Water: Needs regular watering, especially during the first year after planting
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day)
  • Hardiness Zone: USDA zones 3-8

Flower Characteristics

  • Bloom Time: Early spring (March-April)
  • Bloom Duration: 2-3 weeks
  • Fragrance: Emmit a sweet, floral, almond like scent (like a nutty rose)
  • Look: The flowers of flowering almonds come in a variety of colors, including pink, white, and sometimes red. They are typically double-flowered, with multiple layers of delicate petals.

Interesting Facts

  • Rose Family: Member of the Rosaceae family, making them cousins to roses, plums, and cherries.
  • Ancient Beauty: Originated in China and have been cultivated for centuries in Asia.
  • Edible…Sort of: While the shrub itself is ornamental, it belongs to the same genus (Prunus) as fruiting almonds, although the nuts are usually small and bitter.


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