Kinds of Almond Trees

Almond trees are a popular addition to any garden or landscape for their fragrant bloom and attractive design. On top of having an aesthetic appeal, they provide a delicious crop of healthy almonds in large amounts. A couple of varieties of almond trees exist, and it is important to know what kind you want before buying and transplanting a tree.

Sweet Almonds

These almonds are domesticated almonds, with a delicious flavor and scent, essential oils and high nutritional value. These trees usually need two varieties planted next to each other so they can self-pollinate, although a couple of varieties can be planted alone. These are used often in cooking, or as snacks.

Early Blooming Almond Trees

This variety of almond grow sin warm areas with no possibility of frost. They bloom early and must be planted near each other to encourage cross-pollination. The most popular early blooming almond tree varieties include "Nonpareli," "Price," "Ne Plus Ultra" and "Neplus." These have high nutritional value and good flavor, but do not taste as pleasant as sweet almonds.

Late Blooming Almond Trees

This variety of almond trees are best grown in areas that have frost and winter seasons. They bloom late in the season and should be planted together (early blooming or late blooming together are fine) in order to promote cross-pollination. These varieties include "All in One," "Mission" (or "Texas"), "Titan" and "Butte." These have high nutritional value and good flavor.

Bitter Almond Trees

This variety of almond trees are native undomesticated almonds, which were gathered in the wild for thousands of years before domestication. These are not the kind of almonds you should grow in your garden or landscape, as they must be soaked and blanched in order to be eaten (like acorns), and should not be ingested, as they are dangerous: Bitter almonds contain glycoside amygdalin, which, when crushed, ground or chewed, becomes cyanide.

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