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TREES & Plants

Flowering Almond

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

Botanical name: 
Prunus triloba
All Common Names: 
Flowering Almond, Flowering plum, Rose Tree of China
Family (English): 
Rose
Family (Botanic): 
Rosaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
Growth Rate: 
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Size Range: 
  • Compact tree (10-15 feet)
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Irregular
  • Rounded
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Hedge
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
More Information: 

Size & Form

A dense, large, 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.
Often short-lived

Disease, pests, and problems

Borers, scale, spider mite, black knot, powdery mildew, leaf spots, and verticillium wilt.

Native geographic location and habitat
 

China

Attracts birds & butterflies

Butterlfies 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, coarse, 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

Pink, 5-petaled flowers appear in early spring. 

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

A fleshy, 1/2 inch round red fruit attacts many songbirds.

Cultivars and their differences 

Double-flowered Almond (Prunus triloba var. multiplex):is a showy double-flowered form that does not produce fruit.