The almond tree, a beautiful garden tree

The almond tree , whose scientific name is Prunus dulcis , is a fruit tree whose origin is found in central Asia. It has become naturalized, however, throughout the Mediterranean.

It is a tree of medium height, suitable for small gardens , since it does not exceed five meters and, in addition, it supports pruning well, thus being able to control its growth quite easily.

Its growth is quite fast. Its leaves, lanceolate, green and about 5cm long, behave as deciduous, that is, they fall in winter. The flowers have five petals, which can be white or pink.

It is a tree that blooms in spring. But if the climatic conditions allow it, the flowering can be advanced to winter (towards the end of January in the northern hemisphere) but if that happens, normally these flowers cannot be fertilized due to the weather that the month of February presents, in the which there may be frost or light frost causing them to wilt. Thus, the almond tree has no choice but to bloom a second time after the cold weather passes.

Almond

In the garden it can be used as an isolated specimen, in groups, or in alignments with other almond trees or other species. It is a very ornamental tree, especially when it is in flower, which will not cause any problems. And that, not to mention that its petals , when falling, dress the ground in a spectacular way (see photo below).

If you want, you can plant a small climbing plant (or, failing that, controllable growth) to climb the tree.

petals on the ground

It is not demanding. But it will live better in warm-temperate climates, with very light frosts, and in limestone soils. It perfectly resists drought when it is an adult (the ones you see in the photos live with 350 liters per year). It is one of the fruit trees that needs fewer hours of cold to bear fruit.

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