January 29, 2020

A Puff of Pink

Prunus glandulosa - Flowering almond

Janine Pineo Photo | Prunus glandulosa - Flowering almond

Prunus glandulosa doesn’t exactly scream beauty if you just consider its name. Probably the Prunus and gland bits throw you off. But that’s why we read beyond the book cover, for then you see how gorgeous flowering almond can be. Seen in the University of Maine Horticulture Club display in the 2012 Bangor’s Garden Show, the delicate pink blossoms covering the branches were candy for the winter-weary soul. The best part, though, is that flowering almond is hardy to Zone 4, meaning it should survive and thrive in much of the state, except those colder northern climes. The deciduous shrub requires full sun to part shade, tolerates a lot of different soil types and is mildly drought tolerant. It can grow 4 to 5 feet tall with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. It’s also one of the early bloomers, sparking interest when spring bulbs are in full flower.