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How to Plant Pink Flowering Almond Shrubs

By Katelyn Lynn
Flowering almonds add color to the late spring landscape.
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Flowering almond (Prunus triloba) is sometimes referred to as the double flowering plum tree and rose tree of China. They are medium-growing, deciduous trees typically reaching a height of appropriately 12 feet. Flowering almonds produce showy, frilly hot-pink fragrant flowers in late spring, making them a highly attractive addition to any garden. They are indigenous to China and are hardy in USDA zones 3b through 6.

Dig planting holes for the flowering almonds that are three times the width of the growing container and approximately 1 1/2 times the depth.The planting holes should be approximately 15 to 20 feet apart. The planting location for the flowering almond shrubs should be in full sun to partial shade.

Mix 1 cubic foot (1 1/2 5-gallon buckets equal 1 cubic foot) of aged manure, compost or other similar material into the soil removed from the planting hole.

Remove the flowering almond from its current growing container. Lay the container horizontally on the ground or on a potting bench, if you have one. Use a hammer, a trowel, or a block of wood and give the top of the container's rim a few hard taps in a downward motion until the container starts to loosen from the root ball. If you are planting bare-root flowering almonds, set the roots into a bucket of water to soak for about one hour before planting. Soaking the roots can help plump them up.

Loosen any encircled or matted roots from the flowering almond. If the root ball is badly matted or compacted, place two to three vertical slashes across the root ball, using a sharp knife.

Scoop in a shovel or two of the soil and organic matter mixture back into the planting hole. Then, set the flowering almond into the planting hole. Spread out the roots of the bare-root flowering almond, if you are planting a bare-root flowering almond.

Scoop in two or three shovels of soil into the planting hole to set the flowering almond in place. Make sure the flowering almond is sitting vertical in the planting hole. The top of the root system should be sitting at the same level to the soil line as it is currently growing at.

Scoop in soil in and around the flowering almond until the planting hole is about 1/2 full. Pack the soil down, using your foot or a garden hoe. Fill the planting hole with water. Scoop in more soil to fill the planting hole full with soil after all the water has drained away.


About the Author


Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites. Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University and has extensive experience in botany and horticulture.