Prunus glandulosa

Dwarf Flowering Almond




  • native to China and Japan
  • hardy to zone 4

Habit and Form

  • a deciduous shrub
  • 4' to 5' tall
  • 3' to 4' wide
  • multi-stemmed and shaggy
  • medium texture
  • moderate growth rate

Summer Foliage

  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • simple, deciduous leaves
  • oblong to lanceolate leaf shape
  • serrulate leaf margin
  • pubescent midrib
  • stipules with gland-lined serrations
  • light green leaf color

Autumn Foliage

  • not ornamentally important


  • pink or white flowers
  • single or double blooms
  • blooms in April
  • showy


  • dark red fruit
  • drupe
  • 0.5" across
  • rare


  • not ornamentally important


  • full sun to part shade
  • soil tolerant
  • moderately drought tolerant

Landscape Use

  • massing or grouping
  • for spring flowers
  • container
  • patio plant


  • gets lost in summer landscape
  • tent caterpillars

ID Features

  • deciduous shrub
  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • serrulate leaf margins
  • stipules with gland tipped serrations
  • pink or white flowers
  • dark red, round, fleshy fruit


  • cultivars by cuttings


'Alba' - This form bears single white blooms.

'Alba Plena' (also listed as 'Alboplena') - This selection has double white flowers.

'Lawrence' - An unusual cultivar, this selection single white-pink blooms.

'Rosea Plena' (also known as 'Sinensis') - This plant offers double pink flowers and is very common in the trade.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database,, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.