(flowering almonds are strictly ornamental - they do not produce almonds and should not be confused with an almond tree)
After doing a little research, I discovered that flowering almonds are waterwise! Native to the far East, they can thrive in our climate on the Wasatch Front. They do need supplemental water during the hot times of summer and into the fall. Sprinkling on the surface won't do. They need a deep soaking with a slow drip from the hose - a few times in July and August.
Plant flowering almond as a focal point and not in a hedge. It needs room to grow and do it's springtime magic.
Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote this:
" The hope, in dreams of happier hour,
that alights on misery's brow,
springs forth like the silvery almond flower,
that blooms on leafless bough"
|flowering almond (Prunus triloba) - waterwise shrub for Utah|
|Flowering Almond - Prunus triloba - full size 6 feet tall, 10 feet wide - waterwise shrub for Utah|