Prunus tenella

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Prunus tenella
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Prunus subg. Prunus
P. tenella
Binomial name
Prunus tenella
Batsch, 1801
  • Amygdalus ledebouriana Schltdl.
  • Amygdalus georgica Desf.
  • Amygdalus nana L.
  • Prunus ledebouriana (Schltdl.) Y.Y.Yao
  • Prunus nana (L.) Stokes
  • Prunus georgica (Desf.) Eisenman

Prunus tenella, dwarf Russian almond,[2] is a species of deciduous shrub in the genus Prunus, native to steppes of Eastern Europe and Western Siberia, as well as dry open sites of Caucasus, Western and Central Asia. In the wild, it tends to grow in clusters of one to three.[citation needed] P. tenella yields small almond-like hairy fruits with characteristic flavor. It grows to 1.5 m (5 ft) and is a popular ornamental plant in cold temperate regions, valued for its profuse spring blossom and exceptional winter hardiness. 'Fire Hill' is a popular cultivar with red flowers. It used to be included in Prunus sect. Amygdalus, but molecular phylogenetic studies indicate it is closely related to bush cherries, apricots and plums instead of almond.[3][4]


  1. ^ USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) Online Database
  2. ^ "Prunus tenella". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ Yazbek, M.; Oh, S.-H. (2013-10-01). "Peaches and almonds: phylogeny of Prunus subg. Amygdalus (Rosaceae) based on DNA sequences and morphology". Plant Systematics and Evolution. 299 (8): 1403–1418. doi:10.1007/s00606-013-0802-1. ISSN 1615-6110.
  4. ^ Wang, Wei; Yang, Tao; Wang, Hui-Ling; Li, Zhen-Jian; Ni, Jian-Wei; Su, Shang; Xu, Xin-Qiao (2020-06-23). "Comparative and phylogenetic analyses of the complete chloroplast genomes of six almond species (Prunus spp. L.)". Scientific Reports. 10 (1): 10137. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67264-3. ISSN 2045-2322.

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