What type of almond tree will grow in Bowling Green and who sells it?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Ethel: The only kind of almond tree that will grow in Kentucky is the ornamental flowering almond; both the dwarf flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa) and the flowering almond or plum (Prunus tribola) have their issues. The dwarf almond tends to be very short-lived. This plant in particular can start to decline after only three to 10 years. Prunus triloba is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3-6(7) so it may struggle during the hot summer months. These plants are nice while they are in bloom but there is nothing spectacular about them during the rest of the year. In terms of where to purchase this plant you may be able to find them in your box stores such as The Home Depot or Lowe’s. I would be surprised if you found them in any reputable nursery because of their hardiness and longevity issues. There are many species and hybrids belonging to the Prunus genus that would be more suitable for us in Kentucky. Prunus ‘Hally Jolivette’ is a hybrid cherry that is a good option if you are looking for a spring flowering tree. Yoshino cherry would also be a good option. I am not familiar with the garden centers/nurseries in Bowling Green but you can contact Carol Schreiber, the Warren County horticulture agent, at (270) 842-1681. She should be able to give you local recommendations.