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Dwarf Russian AlmondPrunus tenella

The dwarf Russian almond is a small, hardy shrub with dense, lustrous foliage and nice yellow-orange fall color. But its real claim to fame is the striking display of bountiful early spring flowers. Those rose-red blooms are true show stoppers.

Because of its seasonal beauty, compact size and adaptability to a variety of soils, this shrub is a great choice for any yard within hardiness zones 2–6.

Hardiness Zones

The dwarf russian almond can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 2–6. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of spring flowers.

Mature Size

The dwarf Russian almond grows to a height of 2–5' and a spread of 2–5' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The dwarf Russian almond grows in in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils. It is also fairly drought-tolerant.


This shrub:
  • Produces an abundance of intense, rose-red flowers in early spring.
  • Features lustrous dark green, sawtoothed leaves that turn yellow-orange in the fall.
  • Yields a nutty gray/yellow/tan fruit that is velvety, oval, and about ¾" long.
  • Grows in an irregular shape.

Wildlife Value

This shrub is very dense, which provides excellent cover for birds and rabbits who, among other wildlife, enjoy browsing the nutty fruit.