Pink flowering almond tree

Pink Flowering Almond

Just take a look at those gorgeous, double flowering blossoms! The pictures truly speak for themselves.

The Pink Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’), is a simply perfect burst of color in the spring. This wonderful dwarf flowering almond shrub has become a landscape favorite throughout the United States. In early spring, double pink flowers cover the stems before a single leaf appears.

What a fabulous way to welcome spring! The bloom of the Pink Flowering Almond wakes up early and the fluffy pink blooms finish as the rest of the garden comes alive in the spring.

An Asian native, the Pink Flowering Almond found its way from China to the United States in the late 1700’s. This was a favorite shrub of Thomas Jefferson and he planted it extensively at his Monticello estate.

Gardeners have always loved this compact, multi-stemmed shrub. Its slender stems give it a very graceful, delicate look. The delicate branches will become arching with the weight of the spring bloom.

Both hardy and delicate at the same time, Pink Flowering Almond really knows how to put on a spring show. Be sure to order this delightful shrub if you see it in stock. We sell out very quickly, so order now!

How to Use Pink Flowering Almond in the Landscape

The burst of spring color is a welcome attraction. Use this as an accent plant placed with other later-flowering shrubs. The new growth emerges and showcases shiny, dainty green leaves which will continue to add a brilliant soft texture to the landscape.

Use as a background shrub bordering the yard in a mixed shrub border. Allow a wide area of about 5 feet to accommodate the spread between other plants.

You probably won’t see the tiny fruits that develop later, but your local birds are sure to take notice. When fall arrives, coppery-yellow tones spice up the landscape, especially in colder growing zones.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Select this plant only if you have well-drained soil. Pink Flowering Almond – though tough – is very sensitive to wet feet. Otherwise, it’s a widely adapted plant and easy to grow, even in challenging dry locations, getting by with a minimal amount of summer water.

Make sure to include mulch to keep the roots cool in the drier climates. Prune it right after flowering to keep the plant size in check and to renew the next year’s flower wood.

Because it’s cold hardy to zone 4, the Pink Flowering Almond has become a popular addition to the cold country landscapes. Plant in full sun for best results in colder growing zones.

The lovely Pink Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plea’) has a lot of very admirable features. Don’t miss out on its benefits and beauty – order today!

Flowering almond

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.
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

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.

Cultivars and their differences

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

Flowering Almond

Flowering Almond

A hardy spring-blooming shrub, flowering almond is a reliable performer that is smothered in bright pink double blossoms every year. Sometimes the flowers are followed by small round red fruit that is coveted by squirrels. Flowering almond is much more cold-tolerant than flowering cherry, so it’s a good substitute in Zones where winter temperatures go below freezing. This shrub, which can grow 10 to 15 feet tall, is also a good companion for late-spring flowering bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Choose the dwarf variety—­Prunus glandulosa—if you prefer a 4- to 6-foot shrub that bears pink or white flowers.

genus name
  • Prunus triloba
light
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
height
  • 3 to 8 feet,
  • 8 to 20 feet
width
  • Up to 15 feet
flower color
  • Pink
season features
  • Spring Bloom
special features
  • Low Maintenance,
  • Attracts Birds,
  • Cut Flowers
zones
  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7
propagation
  • Stem Cuttings

Greet Spring

Exceptionally cold hardy and one of the first shrubs to bloom in spring, the deciduous flowering almond is a great addition to shrub borders and low-maintenance landscapes. Cotton candy pink blooms decorate the leafless twigs of this small deciduous shrub in early spring—about the same time daffodils and early tulips unfurl their flowers in your area. Underplanted with bright-eyed spring bulbs, flowering almond creates a colorful backdrop for a springtime celebration.

Plant your spring-flowering bulbs perfectly using this guide.

Plant a Shrub Border

Call on easy-care flowering almond when planting a shrub border or wildlife planting. It’s a great plant for mixing with other blooming shrubs—like hydrangea, beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana), viburnum, weigela, ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), and bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis)—to create a colorful perimeter planting that flowers from spring through late summer.

Flowering almond’s thicketlike growing habit makes it a great habitat plant for wildlife. Place it alongside plants that produce berries that are popular with birds in your region and you are well on your way to creating a backyard oasis for winged visitors. Add a water source, such as a simple birdbath or fountain, and enjoy the songbird parade.

Find a step-by-step plan for how to create a shrub border here!

Flowering Almond Care Must-Knows

Flowering almond grows best in full sun (essential for masses of flowers) and moist, well-drained loam. It tolerates a variety of soil conditions although its flowering may be compromised in excessively dry or wet soil. Plant flowering almond in spring, and water it regularly during the first growing season. Cover the soil around the plant with a 2-inch-thick layer of shredded mulch to prevent soil-moisture loss.

Prune this shrub in late spring right after it finishes flowering to keep it looking well maintained. Cut dead twigs off at the base of the plant and shear back live twigs to create the desired plant size and shape. Worth noting: A light pruning often helps promote better flowering the following year.

This shrub is susceptible to a myriad of problems. Watch for potential diseases like black knot, cankers, die back, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and verticillium wilt, as well as troubling insects like aphids, borers, caterpillars, Japanese beetles, scale, and spider mites.

More Varieties of Flowering Almond

‘Flowering-Almond’ Flowering almond

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Prunus triloba var. multiplex ‘Flowering-Almond’ bears double pink flowers in mid-spring. It does not produce fruit. This variety reaches 12 feet high and wide.

Flowering Almond Care: How To Grow Flowering Almond Trees

Nothing is quite as pretty in the spring as the flowering pink almond tree. Growing flowering almonds is a great way to add color to the landscape. Let’s learn how to grow flowering almond trees.

Flowering Pink Almond

Flowering almond, or double flowering plum (Prunus triloba), is a deciduous tree with gorgeous spring flowers blooming pink with double petals. This medium growing Rosaceae family member is a lovely addition to accent shrub borders around parking lots, strip plantings, or around a deck or patio. The flowering almond makes a striking specimen plant.

The shape of the flowering pink almond is a symmetrical vase-shaped canopy with a smooth outline and a profusion of light green leaves. Growing flowering almonds reach around 12 feet with an equal spread. This non-native can be grown through USDA zones 4-8. The flowering almond is drought tolerant with a moderate growth rate.

Flowering Almond Care

The flowering almond tree is a fairly resilient cultivar. This Prunus may be planted in sun, partial sun, or shade in a variety of soils, with the exception of overly saturated conditions. Location in a ground cover or mulched bed is advisable as the tree does not tolerate damage caused by mechanical injury or other stress.

The flowering almond tree is partial to pruning either for training purposes or to facilitate more prolific blooms. It can even tolerant of heavy pruning, so it makes for a terrific container plant that can be molded into a bonsai. Pruning flowering almond, however, is not necessary to maintain the structure of the tree but may be used to restrain wayward branches or maintain pedestrian access. Branches can be cut in early spring and then forced to bloom by placing indoors for stunning floral arrangements.

Flowering Almond Tree Problems

Flowering almond trees are susceptible to a number of insect marauders. Aphids can cause leaf distortion.

Borers attack trees already in stress, so be sure to maintain a regular irrigation application and fertilizing schedule.

Several types of scale are known to infest the flowering almond and can be treated with horticultural oil during its dormant phase.

Tent caterpillars make large nests and can seriously damage foliage. Prune out any small infestations immediately and use Bacillus thuringiensis as soon as the insects are spotted.

Severe wet weather lends itself to a fungus which creates holes in the foliage and causes the leaves to drop. Black knot causes black swelling of the branches, which can be pruned out and powdery mildew may coat the foliage.

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Typically thought of as nuts and used as such in recipes, almonds are really stone fruits with an edible kernel encased inside the hard pit. When compared to others in the stone fruit family, such as plums and peaches, almond trees are the earliest to bloom and make attractive and fragrant landscape additions.

What the Trees Look Like

Almonds (Prunus dulcis) are native to the Mediterranean climate areas of the Middle East and Western Asia, forming into small deciduous trees. Common names for the tree and fruit include almond and sweet almond.

Foliage and Form

Almond trees are fast-growing and average 15 feet tall and wide at maturity, making it suitable for smaller landscapes. Trees can have single or multiple trunks giving way to an open and often spreading canopy. Serrated foliage is lance-shaped, growing up to 5 inches long and changes to a yellowish color in fall before it drops in winter.

Flowers

Before the tree fills out with foliage in early spring, white to pinkish fragrant flowers form along the shorter lateral branches. Each flower has at least five petals.

Despite the flowers being monoecious, which means each one has male and female parts, two different types of almond trees are necessary for proper pollination and the production of fruit.

Fruit

It begins producing fruit around three years of age and can continue producing fruit for 50 years. Each pollinated flower turns into a drupe which contains the entire fruit, held close to the branch. It takes each drupe about eight months to mature and be ready for harvesting.

Once the drupe ripens, the outside hull splits open, revealing the nut inside. Cracking the nut reveals the edible kernel inside, commonly called an almond.

Common Types for Cross-Pollination

Since these trees require a different type for proper pollination and fruit-production, grow two different types in close proximity of each other. If your neighbor has a different type, you can probably get away with having just one tree in your landscape, as their tree will assist in the pollination and helped by local pollinators like bees. Some common types of almonds suitable for cross-pollination include, Alrich, Wood Colony, and Fritz for Nonpareil types, among others.

Purchasing an Almond Tree

When shopping for the plant at your local plant nursery, look for healthy trees that don’t show signs of pests or diseases on their foliage. The foliage should be green and healthy looking without signs of leaf spots or curling. Make sure the root system hasn’t outgrown the container which generally shows by roots growing out of the bottom drain holes. You are most likely to find 1-year-old to almost 3-year-old trees for sale at local nurseries.

If you can’t locate the tree at your local nursery, you can purchase one through an online plant dealer. Online almond trees are generally around 1-year-old and shipped while in the deciduous state. Plant sellers include Willis Orchard Co. and Stark Bro’s, which carries several cultivars.

Basic Growing and Planting Requirements

Almond trees are hardy in USDA zones 7 through 9 and grow best in locations within these zones experiencing a long growing season. Areas where frosts in early autumn and late springtime are common are not suitable as the tree will not produce a crop of almonds due to the cold weather.

Selecting a Location

Consider the almond’s mature size and width when selecting its permanent location in the landscape. Allow enough space around the tree for proper air circulation because this can help avoid problems with diseases and pests. Do not plant the tree where it will interfere with utility lines or structures. Though classified as small to medium-sized trees, you want to plant the almond in a location where it has enough room to develop its mature shape and size without interference.

Sun and Soil

Plant the tree in a location receiving full sun throughout the vast majority of the day. Almonds won’t grow or bloom well in locations situated in shade. Generally, six to eight hours of sun each day is sufficient for proper growth and production of fruits.

These trees grow well in soils that have some fertility and drain well. The tree will not grow well in soils that retain too much water, or are constantly waterlogged. It will develop rot and eventually die.

Water

For the best growth, almond trees require regular applications of water throughout the growing season. Water the freshly planted tree one or two times a week until the root system establishes itself in approximately two to three months. Thereafter, water the tree weekly.

Planting Tips

Though you can plant the tree throughout the year, planting during the months of January and February are best. This gives the tree’s root system time to begin establishing itself into the planting site before the foliage begins its growth.

Once you’ve selected the appropriate location, remove any grass or weeds from an area large enough that lawn equipment won’t damage the trunk. Unwanted growth robs the tree of necessary nutrients and can harbor diseases and pests. Keep the area vegetation-free through regular weeding.

Handling the Roots

Check the almond’s root system before planting and trim off any that are broken. Trimming down the root system’s size before planting is not necessary and this procedure can delay the tree’s establishment and harm its rate of growth. Always use sanitized pruning tools so you don’t transfer disease to the tree.

They are susceptible to crown gall and disinfecting the entire root system with the product Galltrol helps in preventing the disease. Before planting, saturate the entire root system with the product. You can apply by spraying it on the roots or creating a bath for dipping the entire root system.

Planting in the Hole

Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to house the entire root system without any bending. Since the root system is sensitive and you don’t want to damage it by forcing it into a hole too small, it’s better to dig a hole a bit bigger than have one too small.

Place the root ball into the hole and gently spread the roots. Plant the tree at the same depth it was growing in its original purchased container and not any deeper or you place undue stress upon the tree. Fill the hole halfway with soil and firm it up around the roots using your hands. Water the hole to settle the soil around the roots and release and air pockets and then fill the remainder of the hole with soil. Once planted, thoroughly saturate the planting site with water.

If you decide to mulch around the tree, make sure to keep it approximately 6 inches from the trunk. Butting mulch against the trunk can cause rot problems. Mulch serves to retain moisture in the soil and helps keep undesirable vegetation growth at bay. Apply approximately a 3-inch layer over the planting site.

Continued Care

Other than controlling diseases and pests, the main continued care is pruning and applications of fertilizer.

Pruning Requirements

Most of the pruning takes place in at the end of winter or the beginning of spring before buds break. It is important to do major pruning while the tree is still in its dormant stage. Trim off any crossing branches and thin branches inside the canopy to open it up for better circulation of air and light. Trim the branches back to a main branch. This is also a good time to remove any diseased, damage or dead branches.

However, prune off any dead, damaged or diseased branches year-round and as they appear. To keep from transferring diseases to the tree, always use sterilized pruning tools to make your cuts.

Fertilizing Requirements

The trees require three applications of fertilizer throughout the growing season spaced about three months apart. Wait to fertilize newly planted trees until the tree produces several inches of new growth. Use an all-purpose nitrogen fertilizer and spread 4-ounces evenly under the canopy, avoiding applying the product close to the trunk. Apply the first application in the first part spring and end with the last one in late summer. Always water the fertilizer into the soil after applying.

Harvesting the Nuts

Once the tree’s drupes begin splitting open, you can begin harvesting the bounty. Lay a tarp or sheet under the tree to catch the fallen nuts. Shaking the tree or branches will release the ripe fruit from the branches and they will fall onto the cover on the ground.

Dry the harvested almonds by spreading them out on a sheet in a protected location where wildlife can’t get to them and allow the almonds to air dry for a few weeks. Once dried, you can store the almonds in their shells or shelled for several months in an airtight container. You can also freeze the almonds and they will remain fresh for several years. Freezing the almonds for several weeks also kills any worms that might have taken up residence inside the shell.

Pest and Disease Problems

A variety of pests and disease problems can affect almond trees. As with many problems, proper care of the tree such as water and fertilizer keeps the tree healthy and can prevent some problems from occurring. Keeping the area under the tree free of fallen nuts and leaves also helps in keeping the tree pest- and disease-free.

Common Diseases

Common diseases affecting the trees include:

  • Crown gall: The crown gall bacteria enters the tree through a wound. The problem is most serious for young trees. However, older trees can be affected and the galls lead to decay, which then leads to stunted growth and rot. Galls form on the trunk with branches becoming soft and eventually rotting. Once the galls form, gardeners should treat the infected areas with Gallex. Prevent the problem by not wounding areas of the tree by lawn equipment bumping into the trunk.
  • Shothole fungus and leaf spot: Shothole and leaf spot fungi can overwinter on plants causing lesions and purplish or dark spots to form on foliage and fruits. The spots eventually give way to a hole. If left untreated, the fungus affects fruit production and can cause leaf drop. Control the problem by spraying the entire tree in winter and before bud break with a copper fungicide.
  • Blossom blight fungus: Blossom blight fungus affects the flowers, nuts and can affect the production of each. Both the flowers and nuts affected with the fungus show symptoms by having small brown spots that eventually take over the entire flower or nut. The fungus overwinters in the soil and proper cleanup of fallen fruit and leaves helps in prevention. Spraying the tree in early spring before bud break with a copper fungicide helps in preventing an outbreak.
  • Powdery mildew fungus: Powdery mildew is most prevalent when conditions are warm and humid. The fungus is transported through the air and lives in the fallen debris under the almond tree. It is easily recognizable because it looks like flour covers the foliage and can cause stunted growth, distortion of the leaves and flower buds. Prevent the problem by cleaning up fallen debris under the tree and not watering the tree’s foliage. Treat the problem by spraying the entire tree with a neem oil fungicide.

Common Pest Problems

Various insects infect almond trees, including sap-suckers, borers, and caterpillars. As with any pest problem, early detection and treatment is the best course of action in getting rid of the problem.

  • Aphids and spider mites: These pests suck sap from the tree’s foliage and stems and cause discoloration in the foliage, leaf curl, and distortion and stunted growth. Aphids and spider mites congregate on the undersides of newly developed leaves and tender shoots, sucking the plant’s juices. Spider mites leave a fine white webbing. Pear-shaped aphids come in a variety of colors including green, black and yellow. Try to blast them from the tree by using a strong blast of water. In the event of a severe infestation, spraying the plant with insecticidal soap and treating every week should control the pest problem.
  • Scale: Like aphids and spider mites, this pest sucks sap and creates the same issues. Scales are circular with an armor-like body and usually congregate along the tree’s young branches, and can sometimes be scraped off if it’s not too bad of an infestation. Otherwise, use insecticidal soap for them, too.
  • Naval orangeworm caterpillars: Naval orangeworm caterpillars are the larvae of a moth and overwinter in the fallen debris and nuts under the tree. The small caterpillars are reddish-yellow in color and feed on the inside of the almond, which depletes the harvest. Control the problem by keeping all debris under the tree cleaned up, especially the fallen nuts.
  • Tent caterpillars: Easily identifiable, tent caterpillars create a massive web especially in the crotch of the tree. The caterpillar eats away at the almond’s foliage until skeletonized. If left untreated, a large infestation can defoliate the tree. In cases of small infestations, gardeners can pick the caterpillars from the plant and drop into a bucket of soapy water. When infestations are large, spraying the tree with Bt helps control the caterpillars. Repeat weekly.
  • Peach tree borers: Peach tree borers are the larvae of a moth and bore into the tree’s crotches and upper branches causing the tree to exude a gummy substance. The larva overwinters in debris under the tree and works their way up and into the bark when the weather warms. They tunnel inside the bark eating the inner tissue. The borers cause stunted growth weakening the tree and can kill young almond trees and severely stress older trees. Help prevent the problem by keeping the area under the tree clean of debris. Spraying the trunk with neem oil before the weather warms and reapplying twice monthly throughout summer, also keeps the borers under control.

A Bounty Worth the Extra Attention

Some may consider almond trees high-maintenance when it comes to their continued care, but their tasty and versatile harvest is worth the effort. With proper attention, you will enjoy your own fresh almonds for many years to come and have enough to share with the local wildlife and neighbors.

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