Dwarf Russian Almond (Prunus tenella)

Prunus tenella

Dwarf Russian Almond

Rosaceae

Prunus tenella

The generic name is apparently derived from the Greek word prounos, meaning pruinose, which is a characteristic of the fruit of most member of this genus. The genus contains some 200 species divided systematically into several groups or subgenera: cerasus (Cherry), padus (Bird Cherry), laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel), amygdalus (Almond), armeniaca (Apricot) and persica (Peach). From the horticultural viewpoint the genus I divided into shrub and tree forms.

The dwarf Russian almond (also known under the names of Prunu nana and Amygdalus nana)is a small shrub 1 to 1.5m (3 to 5 ft) high. It I native to western Asia, eastern Siberia and south eastern Europe and h a wide range of distribution. The flowers appear in March and April They are borne singly or in pairs along the whole length of the branche and are usually coloured pink. The variety alba has large whit blossoms; gesslerana is a rosy crimson. The fruits are about 2cm (¾ in long, yellow-grey, and hairy.

Propagation is by means of seeds, though this species does not always bear fruit, or, most often, by suckers, which are sometimes very plentiful. This species thrives in a limy soil and requires a sunny location. It is a suitable subject for small gardens both as a solitary specimen or in group plantings. It is often planted together with ornamental grasses or low perennials and is used also in the rock garden.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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