Flowering almond | Prunus triloba
This deciduous member of the Rosaceae family is native to China and is a real eye-catcher on balconies and in spring. The pale pink double are produced on the previous year’s wood. This bushy, densely branched shrub grows up to 2 m (6 ft 6 in) high and wide. It is usually trained as a strandard. By contrast, the pink-flowering dwarf variety P. tenella grows very erect.
These both grow best in a sunny to partially shaded position. The rootballs must remain moist at all times. They need humus-rich, well-drainedand regular applications of fertiliser during the flowering season. The tree or shrub is cut to a strong bud or young shoot every year after flowering. A round crown can be kept in the desired shape in the same way.
Both can be propagated from softwood cuttings in summer. Standards are propagated by grafting. Fungus-affected branches should be removed. The roots should be well protected cluting winter.