Flowering almond is a large shrub or small tree with bright pink flowers. The double flowering form is more popular in the nursery trade.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Compact tree (10-15 feet),
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Mid spring,
- Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A large, dense, rounded shrub or small tree often grows 10 to 15 feet high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil.
Tolerant of clay, sand, and acidic soils.
Does not tolerate standing or wet soil but will withstand moderate drought and wind once established.
Prune regularly to maintain good branching and remove dead wood.
Disease, pests, and problems
Borers, scale, spider mite, black knot, powdery mildew, leaf spots, and verticillium wilt.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds & butterflies
Butterflies are attracted to flowers and the fruit attracts many birds.
Bark color and texture
Brown, slender stems.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, simple, double-serrated elliptical leaf about 2 to 4 inches long.
Medium green in summer turning a yellow gold in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
5-petaled pink flowers appear in early spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
A 1/2 inch, round fleshy red fruit attracts many songbirds.