The flowering almond is a member of the rose family. Despite its name, it is actually a shrub and it does not produce nuts. The flowering almond, instead, has a bit of a cherry-tree complex, producing an explosion of pink blooms in the spring. Growing to a height of 5 feet, with a 4-foot spread, the flowering almond's foliage is just as showy as its flowers, turning a lovely coppery color in the fall. The flowering almond is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 8 and an extremely easy to care for plant.
Plant your flowering almond in an area that receives at least six hours of sun per day. The amount of sun the tree receives will determine how profusely it will blossom.
Amend the soil around your flowering almond. The immature flowering almond needs extra phosphorus, so throw a handful of bone meal into the soil prior to planting. If the tree is already in the ground, add a 1- to 2-inch layer of compost to the soil and work it in.
Clear away any turf grass from around the base of the flowering almond to a 4- to 6-foot diameter circle.
Water the flowering almond by using a soaker hose or something similar to allow the water to soak into the soil slowly. Maintain a moist, not soggy, soil. How often you water will depend upon the weather and the size of the shrub. Generally, a long, deep soaking once a week is sufficient.
Inspect your shrub for aphids. This is a common pest on the flowering almond and you can recognize it by its small size and green or white coloring. If there is a small infestation, a strong jet from the water hose may be all you need to knock them off. For larger infestations, consult with your county extension agent for pesticide recommendations.
Prune the flowering almond every season by removing any suckers and dead branches. To encourage increased blooms for the following season, prune old wood back to a length of 1 or 2 inches.