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Dwarf Flowering Almond

Prunus glandulosa ‘'rosea plena'’

This showy flowering shrub is native to central and northern China and was long cultivated in Japan before its introduction to the West in 1774. In 1794 Thomas Jefferson noted "dble blossd almond" in a list of "Objects for the garden this year" and planted them in his nursery. He also cultivated this ornamental shrub in clumps on the west and south slopes of Monticello. In the 1806 edition of his book, The American Gardener's Calendar, Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon recommended forcing the plant into flower by bringing it into the hot-house in February. The double-flowering sorts were popular shrubs in Victorian and Edwardian gardens.

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
pink white
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2004 Apr 8 to 2004 May 12005 Apr 5 to 2005 May 112006 Mar 31 to 2006 Apr 202007 Mar 28 to 2007 Apr 252008 Mar 24 to 2008 Apr 252009 Mar 27 to 2009 Apr 242010 Apr 6 to 2010 Apr 232012 Mar 19 to 2012 Apr 92013 Apr 11 to 2013 May 152014 Apr 9 to 2014 May 7
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