Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
Dwarf Russian Almond
Catalogue A# 0098-092 PZ30
GPS 45D 43' 56" N / 108D 37' 15" W
Origin: Southeastern Europe, Western Asia to Eastern Siberia
Location: South of Plant Select Garden
Number in accession: 2
Note: 2018-bloomed profusely and heavy with nuts
Flowering almond is a large shrub or small tree with bright pink flowers. The double flowering form is more popular in the nursery trade.
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: Non-native
Landscape Uses: Hedge, Massing, Mixed border, Specimen, Utility
Size Range: Compact tree (10-15 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6
Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: Mid spring, Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: Pink
Shape or Form: Irregular, Round
Growth Rate: Moderate
Size & Form
A large, dense, rounded shrub or small tree often grows 10 to 15 feet high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil.
Tolerant of clay, sand, and acidic soils.
Does not tolerate standing or wet soil but will withstand moderate drought and wind once established.
Prune regularly to maintain good branching and remove dead wood.
Disease, pests, and problems
Borers, scale, spider mite, black knot, powdery mildew, leaf spots, and verticillium wilt.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds & butterflies
Butterflies are attracted to flowers and the fruit attracts many birds.
Bark color and texture
Brown, slender stems.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, simple, double-serrated elliptical leaf about 2 to 4 inches long.
Medium green in summer turning a yellow gold in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
5-petaled pink flowers appear in early spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
A 1/2 inch, round fleshy red fruit attracts many songbirds