Prunus armeniaca (proo’-nus ar-men-e-a’-ka)
Family: Rosaceae, Rose
- 1b – Alternate leaf arrangement — go to 18
Leaf: Broad, round, 2-4 inches long, closely toothed, short pointed tip. 1 inch petiole. Medium green. Numerous glands may be on the top of petiole. Petiole may be reddish.
Bud: Dark, hairy or scale margins. True terminal bud absent.
Stem: Thornless, Reddish bark.
Flower: Pink to white, single, before leaves.
Fruit: Round, hairy, smooth seed, 1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter.
Habit: Small to medium sized tree. Broad canopy. To 15-25 feet tall. Branches low to ground. Dense.
Culture: Full sun, well-drained soils, good soil moisture. Seldom fruits in Colorado because early flowers are hit by frost.