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Texas Almond, Peachbrush, Small-flower Peach-brush
Prunus minutiflora


The dry limestone slopes, sandy prairies, canyons and ledges from the Colorado River in the Edwards Plateau to beyond the Pecos in the Rio Grande Plains and into Mexico provide the habitat for Texas almond. It is endemic (confined to a small geographic area) there. This 1- to 3-foot shrublet has intricately irregular and often zigzag, slightly spiny branches bearing tiny leathery bluish-grey leaves which may occasionally have coarse, glandular teeth along the margin, or more commonly, be entire (smooth leaf margin). It is dioecious, that is, male and female flowers are on separate plants. Apparently, staminate (male) plants are more numerous than the pistillate (female). The 1/3- to 1/2-inch long, thin-fleshed, velvety, pale brown to pinkish-red fruit matures in late spring and early summer. The fruit and its dense, thicket-forming growth habit provide food and cover for wildlife. Ornamentally, Texas almond might be useful as a ground cover for dry, rocky areas.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: velvety drupe

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Width: 3 feet, thicket-forming

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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