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(Almond, Sweet Almond)
Cultivated for more than 3000 years, the almond is one of the world's most prized and popular nut trees. Native from Syria to North Africa, it is cultivated worldwide for its sweet-flavored fruit kernels.
In addition to its flavorful almonds, this small deciduous tree offers beautiful white to pale pink flowers which open in early spring as the pale green, serrated, oval leaves begin to emerge. A few cultivars including 'Roseoplena' are grown primarily for their flowers. Ripening in late summer...
(All-in-One Almond, Almond)
‘All in One’ is one of the few almonds that is self-fertile, bearing a generous crop of delicious nuts without a second pollinator. One of the best types for home gardens, it is a relatively early-bearing variety whose sweet, crunchy kernels are ready for harvest in very late summer to early fall.
Preferring full sun and well-drained soils of modest to average to fertility, almond trees themselves are quite hardy, but require particular conditions in order to produce a good harvest. They will...
This relatively early-bearing almond yields generous quantities of delicious, medium-sized, elongated kernels with soft shells for easier removal. ‘Carmel’ is not self-fruitful, requiring a second pollinator tree planted nearby in order to produce its tasty nuts, which ripen in very late summer to early fall.
Preferring full sun and well-drained soils of modest to average to fertility, almond trees themselves are quite hardy but require particular conditions in order to produce a good harvest....
The compact size, bright pink flowers and early, heavy-bearing nature of ‘Garden Prince’ make this almond an excellent and popular choice for home gardens. A genetic dwarf, it is self-fruitful and yields a generous crop without the need of a second pollinator tree. The large, sweet kernels ripen in very late summer to early fall, and feature soft, easily removable shells.
Preferring full sun and well-drained soils of modest to average to fertility, almond trees themselves are quite hardy but...
Notable for its ornamental qualities, this almond produces a gorgeous, profuse display of pink flowers in mid-spring. As its name attests, ‘Hall’s Hardy’ successfullly produces fruit farther north than most other almond varieties. Its bears an early fall harvest of small, hard-shelled kernels that are edible but somewhat bitter and not as tasty as many other almond varieties. Self-fertile, it produces a crop all by itself, but will fruit more prolifically if another almond is planted nearby. 'Hall's...
One of the most important commercial almonds grown in California, ‘Nonpareil’ is also a fine choice for the home garden. Its beautiful early spring flowers give way to heavy, late summer yields of medium to large, flat kernels with exceptional flavor and thin shells for easy hulling. Not self-fruitful, it requires a pollinator tree planted nearby in order to produce a crop. ‘All in One’, ‘Mission’, and ‘Ne Plus Ultra’ are all suitable pollinator varieties.
Preferring full sun and well-drained...
A fine choice for the home orchard, ‘Price’ offers beautiful spring flowers and generous yields of delicious almonds at summer's end. Ripening in very late summer to early fall, its small kernels have exceptional flavor and are encased in papery-thin shells for easy hulling. This variety is not self-fertile and requires a second pollinator tree planted nearby in order to produce a crop.
Preferring full sun and well-drained soils of modest to average to fertility, almond trees themselves are...
‘Texas Mission’ is an heirloom almond variety discovered as a chance seedling in 1891. It displays a profusion of bright pink flowers in spring, often blooming late enough to escape the damaging frosts detrimental to almonds. Its numerous, small, fat, white-fleshed kernels are encased in hard shells, and ripen at summer’s end. Not self-fertile, it must be planted near a second pollinating variety such as ‘Hall’s Hardy’ in order to bear a crop.
Preferring full sun and well-drained soils of...
(Blue Violet Damson Plum, Damson)
A close relative of European plum, this small, easy to grow deciduous tree displays white to pale-pink flowers in spring. These are followed by an abundant late summer crop of small, dark purple-blue, white-dusted plums with tart green flesh. Seldom eaten fresh, the plums are highly regarded for cooked desserts, jams and preserves.
Performing best in full sun and well-drained, reasonably fertile soil, Damson plum benefits from regular feeding. Prune annually during the dormant season to remove...