The double flowered dwarf almond is a small deciduous shrub growing 2.5′ high and a member of the rose family, Rosaceae that also includes peaches, lady’s mantle and pyracantha.  It is native to China and Japan but was introduced to the US in the early 1800s as an ornamental.  Flowers appear in early spring just as the leaves emerge.  They are usually pink, about 3/4 inches across, and cover the entire bush. The leaves are medium green and have finely toothed margins.  Plants flower best in full sun with consistently moist well-drained soil.

Meaning in the Language of Flowers: Hope


Hope! thou sad lover’s only friend!   Cowley

Transmit one pitying ray-to lighten and to cheer!   Young

Return, fair Hope, they seat resume,

Dispel this melancholy gloom,

And to my soul they gladsome light import.  Aeschylus’s Agamemnon

Come, gentle Hope! with one gay smile remove

The lasting sadness of an aching heart:

They voice, benign enchantress! Let me hear.   Williams


The hope, in dreams of a happier hour,

That alights on misery’s brow,

Springs out of the silvery Almond flower,

That blooms on a leafless bough.   Moore

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The Language of Flowers: Introduction

By Karen