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Dwarf Russian AlmondPrunus tenella

  • Dwaf Russian Almond bushes
Bountiful, early spring flowers are rose-red and quite striking. Dark green leaves turn yellow-orange in fall. Velvety, oval, about 3/4" long, nutty, gray-yellow-tan fruit make this a good small shrub for wildlife browsing. This shrub is very dense which also provides excellent cover for birds and rabbits. Fairly drought tolerant. Grows 2'-5' high with equal spread. Flowers best in full sun.

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.