This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Amygdalus Nana. Dwarf Almond.
Cal. 5-fidus, inferus. Petala 5. Drupa nuce poris perforata.
AMYGDALUS nana foliis basi attenuatis. Linn. Syst. Veg. ed. 14. Murr. p. 162. Pallas. Ross. 1. p. 12. t. 6.
AMYGDALUS indica nana. Pluk. alm. 28. t. 11. f. 3.
ARMENIACA persicae foliis, fructu exsucco. Amm. Ruth. 273. t. 30.
The Dwarf Almond, a native of Russia and Tartary, is justly considered as one of our most ornamental shrubs; it rarely rises above the height of three feet, and hence becomes very suitable for the shrubbery of small extent. It flowers about the middle of April, somewhat later than the common Almond.
Miller observes, that the roots are apt to put out suckers, by which the plant may be increased in plenty; and if those are not annually taken away, they will starve the old plant.
Cultivated in 1683, by Mr. James Sutherland. Ait. Hort. Kew.