How to Space Almond Trees


The almond tree is as rewarding for its delicate blooms as it is for its sweet, nutritious nuts. A member of the rose family, the almond tree is related to the peach and the cherry tree. In the spring, the canopy becomes a shower of delicate white and pink buds. Native to North Africa and western Asia, the almond tree grows best in warm climates. Spacing is important when you are planting a series of almond trees. A balance between maximizing the potential harvest while allowing the trees enough room to mature takes planning and foresight. But whether you are planting a small grove or an orchard, your efforts will be rewarded when the trees mature and fruit.

Step 1

Look at your planting site and determine whether you want to plant your trees in rows or in a more natural formation.

Step 2

Choose planting sites that are 22 feet apart. You can pace off the distance assuming your foot is a little less then 12 inches. You can also measure out a 22-foot piece of string to stretch between each planting site.

Step 3

Dig holes that are the same depth as the nursery pot the almond tree saplings are in.

Step 4

Plant the trees so the graft bud is facing in the typical direction of the wind; lean the trees toward the wind at a 10-degree angle. The base of the trunk should be level with the surrounding soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • String (optional)


  • UC Cooperative Extension: Integration of Tree Spacing, Pruning and Rootstock Selection for Efficient Almond Production
  • UC Davis: Almond Tree Planting
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Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.