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How Old Is the Almond Tree Before It Starts Producing a Crop?

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Almond trees can grow to 15 feet tall and produce ample amounts of thick-shelled nuts. The tree has beautiful spring blossoms that contain almond nuts when petals fall off. The tree is not self-pollinating, therefore it needs to be exposed to another almond tree and will be able to produce a harvest in three to five years.

Almond Bush & An Almond Tree?

The sweet almond bush (Aloysia virgata), although it produces nectar that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, does not produce almonds. Both have fragrant flowers, but while the almond tree’s flowers are pinkish-white, the almond bush blooms pure white. The almond tree (Prunus dulcis) prefers deep, well-drained, sandy loam enriched with organic content to make it fertile. Water requirements are medium, but it enjoys hot and dry climates and thrives in USDA zones 7 through 9. It blooms in March, the fruit maturing and splitting open seven to eight months later with the nut inside. They are also a good ornamental plant, because they flower in early spring along with the other fruit trees. They look pretty as statement pieces, perhaps growing near a patio area. Almond bushes are also effective ornamentals, attracting birds and butterflies with their late-summer blooming cycles.

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