Flowering almond plants are part of the genus Prunus, a genus in the rose family known for their attractive, spring-blooming flowers. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, flowering almond plants are grown as a small tree or shrub. They are often used as a ornamental specimen plant or grown in small groups to create a commanding landscape presence.
Flowering Almond (Prunus Glandulosa)
The flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa) is a multistemmed, deciduous shrub with a moderate growth rate and medium texture. It grows 4- to 5-feet tall and 3- to 4-feet wide. The flowering almond has an open oval to mounded form and can become straggly with thin and wiry stems. It features ½ inch single to double pink or white flowers that are cherry-like and emerge in spring to light up the landscape. The flowering almond bears pale-green leaves that grow up to 3 ½-inches long. Hardy, it is drought tolerant and can be pruned to promote flowering. Flowering almond grows best in full sun to part shade and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, excluding wet soil. Grow flowering almond plants in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
Multiples (Prunus Triloba 'Multiplex')
Multiplex (Prunus triloba 'Multiplex') is a variety of flowering almond with a dense, rounded habit. Multiplex is a deciduous shrub that grows 10- to 15-feet tall and wide and is grown as a small tree. It features double, five-petaled, pink flowers that bloom in early spring. Multiplex bears double-toothed, 2 ½-inch long, green foliage that is broad to ovate in shape. The coarse foliage is often three lobed and casts a yellow tinge in fall. Multiplex grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil that is moist and, "needs regular pruning to remove dead wood and to maintain attractive form," according to Missouri Botanical Garden. Grow Multiplex in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 7.
Sinensis (Prunus Glandulosa 'Sinensis')
Sinensis (Prunus glandulosa 'Sinensis'), also called dwarf flowering almond, is small, multistemmed deciduous shrub that grows 4- to 5-feet tall and up to 4-feet wide. The dwarf flowering almond has an irregular form and thin stems that can open up and, "appear cosmetically unkempt, particularly if not pruned," according to Missouri Botanical Garden. Dwarf flowering almond shrubs feature double, cherry-like flowers that are pink and 1 ¼-inches wide. Sinensis bears shiny green, 4-inch long foliage that is pointed and oblong in shape. It grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, organically rich soil that is moist. Hardy, it tolerates urban conditions, as well as some drought. Grow Sinensis in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
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