[NAFEX] Almonds near Walls
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Apr 27 23:40:15 EDT 2009
I've grown Hall's Hardy. It's a peach-almond hybrid and it's usually
grafted on something like St. Julian plum rootstock. It's the
rootstock you have to think about. Peach rootstock isn't particularly
invasive, but plum stocks like St. Julian may sucker. Incidently, the
"nuts" of HH are thick shelled, resembling a peach pit more than an
almond. The trees make a nice ornamental, but the nuts are almost as
hard to crack as black walnuts. You might try Prunus tenella. It's
sold as an ornamental, but some types produce a good number of nuts on
a bush. Just don't eat them raw - they have to be cooked to destroy
the cyanide in them.
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On Apr 27, 2009, at 7:37 PM, Geoffrey Tolle wrote:
I'm getting two Hall's hardy almonds to try out and with no real
expectations of survival or full fruition in my Zone 5. However, I will
be having some space open up next to my garage wall and I'm wondering if
anyone has experience with almond roots near walls. Are the root systems
shallow or deep? Will they destroy my garage wall and floor or grow
there rather happily (should they survive the winters)?
Thanks for your input,
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