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Flowering Almond

May 28th, 2014

Last year I noticed this lovely shrub blooming by the back porch.  I had never seen one like it before, but it sounded like what I had read about flowering almonds.
Flowering Almond 2
After a little research on Google that’s what it turned out to be.  It’s quite lovely when it blooms, the long open stems are covered in blooms all the way to the tips.  When not in bloom it looks more like a small tree with long open branches.
Flowering Almond 1
Flowering Almond 3
The lovely pink blossoms don’t last long, only about a week before they are all gone. Now that it’s finished blooming I plan on taking a bunch of cutting to propagate many more. I’m thinking I might try to make a hedge of these somewhere on the property.

What’s your favorite flowering shrub?

12 Comments to “Flowering Almond”
  1. Kay on May 28, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I am not sure if Peonys count as a bush, but I have several of them on my property, and I love them so much. They are my favorite.

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  2. ann roberts on May 28, 2014 at 7:08 am


    now that is a hard one to answer. I love my flowering quince. But maybe the most impressive flowering bush in my yard is my Snowball Viburnum. In fact, I am kinda obsessed with most viburnums and aim to add more to my collection.

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  3. Joan on May 28, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Those flowering almonds are so beautiful! I’m going to have to try to find one for my yard!

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    • Susy on May 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I’ll probably have an extra one when I propagate this one Joan – with luck :)

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  4. Nebraska Dave on May 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Susy, my favorite flowering shrub has always been Lilac. It has the most heavenly aroma that can waft through the whole yard when in full bloom. I’m partial to purple flowers anyway and the Lilac fits right into that as well. The next one would be Clematis. Although it’s a climber, it still has the feel of a shrub. Shrubs are the cross over between the plants and the trees. I really only have one shrub in my yard. It’s Lila the Lilac. She never really got to strut her stuff until the Redbud tree that kept her in the shade was invaded by carpenter ants and had to be taken down. With full sun available she blossomed into an awesome shrub.

    Have a great post flowering Almond shrub day.

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  5. PennyAshevilleNC on May 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love forsythia. My first plant for our first house our first married year was a camellia. I had one in a rental home that I loved and my husband remembered for years and came through for me! I am looking forward to more stories about your almond hedge in future.

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  6. whit on May 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Oh, it is so beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like it before. Too bad it only lasts a week. Does it produce food?

    There is a shrub here that is so stunning, it has become my new favourite: Himalayan honeysuckle. The flowers are so intricate and the bees love it.

    But, because I grew up in the desert, I have to say that greasewood shrubs are my all time favourite. The smells they perfume the air with after a monsoon rolls through is simply intoxicating.

    Have a wonderful day and good luck with you cutting.

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  7. judym on May 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I have a flowering almond bush and have enjoyed for several years. I did, however, have some over exuberant helpers working in the yard who cut it back. Proud to say, one sprig has returned and will be closely guarded until it comes into it’s former glory!

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  8. Amy on May 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I have a flowering almond here in NJ. It always flowers on our wedding anniversary in late April. We get at least couple weeks out of it, maybe because it only gets about 4 hours of direct sun.

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  9. Jennifer Fisk on May 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    A deep purple Lilac is my favorite shrub but nothing beats a field of Lupines.

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  10. Chris on May 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    What a beautiful bloom on your almond! I bet the scent is divine too! I can’t really name a favorite flowering shrub…there are so many! I guess it would be whatever is in bloom at the moment! :)

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  11. Nancy Williams on May 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Of all shrubs I have owned, Bridal Veil Spirea for looks–there’s nothing that softens a corner like this beautiful shrub with its thick, cascading fountain of branches; lilac for fragrance, nostalgia, and fleeting beauty.
    I am also appreciate Rose of Sharon–very carefree, blooms prolifically and for a long time after most things are done, and comes in white, blue-ish purple and various shades of rose.

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