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Desert Range Almond
Prunus fasciculata
  
About Desert Range Almond (Prunus fasciculata) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant Prunus fasciculata (syn. Emplectocladus fasciculata (Torr.); Desert almond) is a perennial deciduous shrub native to the deserts of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. It prefers sandy or rocky soil on dry slopes and washes up to 2200 meter. of altitude. It grows up to two meters high, exceptionally larger, with divaricately branching, spinescent, lightly thorned branches, often in thickets. The bark is grey and smooth. The leaves are 5-10 millimeter long, spatulate, oblance-shaped, linear, arranged on very short petioles in fascicles, or bundles. The flowers are small and white with 3 millimeter; petals, occurring either solitary or in fascicles and are subsessile growing from the leaf axils. They are dioecious. Male flowers have 10-15 stamens; female, one or more pistils. The plant displays numerous fragrant flowers from March to May, which attract the bees that pollinate it. The drupe is about 1 centimeter long, ovoid, light brown and hairy with thin flesh.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree, Shrub

Size
Size
3.5 - 7 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Cream

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Wildlife Supported
 


 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 confirmed , 122 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.  For propagating by seed: Soak 2-3 days in water at room temperature. Changing water 1-2 times per day is beneficial.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Slopes, canyons, washes,

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.3" - 34.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 4.49", Coldest Month: 29.7" - 59.2", Hottest Month: 54.1" - 88.3", Humidity: 0.73" - 39.38", Elevation: 3" - 10426"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Almond, Desert Peach


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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