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PRUNUS triloba 'Muliplex'

Image of Prunus triloba 'Muliplex'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS triloba 'Muliplex'

Plant Common Name

Flowering Almond

General Description

In early spring the double flowering almond's branches are densely lined with fluffy, double, delicate pink blossoms. A cold hardy deciduous shrub from China, it attains a rounded mature shape with many vertical and twiggy branches. The rosy flowers open all along the young twigs in early spring, and are sometimes nipped by frosts. Leaves emerge just after flowering, becoming mid- to dark green, and are broadly oval with toothed edges, sometimes bearing up to three lobes. Their undersides are a lighter green and hairy. Fall leaf color is typically yellow and gold.

Plant flowering almond in full sun to ensure best form, growth and spring flowering. It is best grown in average, fertile soil with no high extremes in pH. Very pretty as an informal hedge or screen, it can be limbed up to form a small tree in a mixed border or as a foundation plant. Since flowering occurs on the previous year's twigs, pruning the shrub after flowering encourages an abundance of branches that will be loaded with blossoms next spring. This plant is terrific to force into bloom in the house during the dreariness of winter. Unfortunately, many pests and diseases can afflict this shrub, however, pruning out diseased and dead wood regularly helps to minimize these problems.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No