Prunus dulcis - Hall’s Hardy’ Almond
At the center of the apiary guild stands a majestic almond tree, unusual in this area and providing vertical structure to the guild.
Common Name: Hall’s Hardy almond
Scientific Name: Prunus dulcis
Plant Family: Rosaceae
Identification: The almond tree looks very similar to a peach tree, with lanceolate, slightly serrated leaves. Flowers are five-petaled and white or pink. Fruit resembles a peach and the pit contains the almond seed (the part that we eat!).
Edible Parts: The seed is edible in many forms (raw, cooked, ground into flour, blended into milk) and is especially nutritious when sprouted. An oil can also be obtained from the seed.
Medicinal Uses: Help treat kidney stones, gallstones, and constipation. It may be beneficial in treating cancer, although there is little support.
Other Uses: A gum can be obtained from damaged parts of the fruit. Dyes can be obtained from the leaves and fruit. Rubbing bruised leaves on a container can remove strong smells.
Designing with this Plant
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7-9
Forest garden layer: Canopy layer. Prefers sandy loam that is well fertilized and adequate water.