How to Grow a Flowering Almond

Overview

The flowering almond tree (Prunus triloba var.multiplex) is grown widely for its production of double, ruffled, tiny pink flowers each spring. The small tree fits easily into most landscapes with its compact size of only 12 feet in height and a 12-foot spread. The tree is also grown as a large shrub. The flowering almond tree, which does not produce nuts and is strictly ornamental, is grown in containers as a small patio tree. With its long life span, the tree will tolerate years of neglect and continue to reliably blossom each season.

Step 1

Plant the flowering almond tree in full sunlight to partial shade, but blossom production is often reduced in shady conditions.

Step 2

Choose a planting site with slightly acidic soil. The flowering almond will grow in a wide range of soils and can even thrive in areas of heavy clay.

Step 3

Clear all grass away from the base of the flowering almond tree. Remove all grass or weeds in a circular area at least 4 feet from the trunk. The flowering almond tree has a shallow root system that is easily damaged or traumatized by mowing or other types of mechanical interferences around the tree's base.

Step 4

Spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the tree's base. Use peat moss, recycled plastic or bark chips for mulch.

Step 5

Water the tree frequently to maintain moist soil, however, the flowering almond does not like wet roots.

Step 6

Prune the flowering almond tree in the spring as the blossoms begin to form. Remove branches that cross and old or broken branches. Try to give the tree shape and open it up so sunlight and air reach all branches. Take pruned branches into your house and place in water to blossom indoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch such as peat moss, recycled plastic or bark chips
  • Pruning shears

References

  • U.S. Forest Service: Prunus triloba var. multiplex
  • University of Florida: Prunus triloba var. multiplex: Flowering-Almond
  • St. Bernard-Elmwood Place City Schools: Flowering Almond Tree

Who Can Help

  • Texas A & M University: Flowering Almond
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About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.