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Prunus dulcis

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Photo Locations: California Central Valley

General Notes

Early blooms subject to frost damage. Cross pollination usually necessary for fruiting. Best in warm summer areas.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Middle East and Southern Asia.

A Prunus dulcis in Lassen NF is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 36 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 130 inches and a crown spread of 28 feet.

Family: Rosaceae


Prunus amygdalus

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 30 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Lanceolate, Gray Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Pink or White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Beige or Brown Drupe, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer Edible.

Bark Light Gray, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8 - 10, 12 - 16 and 19 - 21.

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Spider Mites, Brown Rot, Canker, Chlorosis, Crown Rot, Armillaria, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Rust, Scab, Verticillium and Virus.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Squirrels.

Special Uses & Values


Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus dulcis Tree Record." 1995-2019. Feb 23, 2019.
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