Hall's Hardy Almond

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Pretty and productive. Large, hard-shell nuts give way to bittersweet kernels. This attractive tree yields large crops of crunchy almonds in fall, and its lovely pink flowers make it a landscape standout in spring. Grows wherever peaches thrive. Matures to be 15–20' tall, 10–15' wide. Ripens in late September. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Flavorful
Texture Crisp, Crunchy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 20' tall x 10 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow almond trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
richard w on Jun 19, 2020
Wanted to grow an almond and this was available
MARIA G on Jun 17, 2020
richard w on Jun 19, 2020
I have one and wanted another.
Sandra H on Jun 19, 2020
Wanted to grow an almond and this was available
MARIA G on Jun 17, 2020
My great grandparents had an Almond tree when l was a kid. I always wanted to have one
Larry S on Dec 10, 2019
I have seen this tree bloom and it is gorgeous the nuts are just a bonus.
Chris N on May 9, 2019
Great offer.
Cyndi T on Apr 24, 2019
Will try this almond since it is supposed to produce in my area (5B).
Cynthia A K on Apr 3, 2019
I wanted an almond tree, plus this variety is supposed to be disease-resistant and self-pollinating.
Carol L B on Mar 30, 2019
For both the flowering in the spring and the nuts in the fall.
WorkinDad on Mar 8, 2019
Looking for unusual plants for a community garden
Town of Olathe P on Mar 4, 2019
Did not know almonds could grow in our climate. Willing to try
Angela P on Feb 10, 2019
Have one and it's thriving in WI. I never knew they could grow here. Hoping this will help the production.
MARTHA C on Jan 9, 2019
Simple - I like almonds and they're expensive in the store
David M on Oct 7, 2018
I have two others, and they're so pretty in spring, and the first year had two blossoms each. This year (their second), they're covered. If they never produce nuts, the trees are pretty enough anyhow. I wanted more!
NANCY H on Apr 4, 2018
Beautiful Pink Spring Flowers.
M B on Mar 19, 2017
Self pollinates and produces within several years. Plus as a bonus it has pink blossoms in the spring.
Thomas H on Jan 29, 2017
Had a shorter yield time frame.
CHARLES C on Jan 8, 2017
Family encouraged to try
Andrea M on May 6, 2016
Self pollinating
Dennis L on Apr 29, 2016
My husband loves almonds.
Jacqueline L S on Apr 26, 2016
Almond trees we received last year from Stark's are doing fantastic! And you can never have too many Almonds!
Janice L on Apr 22, 2016
I wanted to include both varieties offered to compare their flavor, etc.
Nina W on Apr 13, 2016
I had one of these at a previous residence
Gary R on Apr 9, 2016
Great tasting almonds as it is a very healthy choice.
ronnie s on Apr 8, 2016
I wanted a Protein in my garden. It adds a balance.
LEON M on Mar 16, 2016
I have one and wanted another.
Sandra H on Jun 19, 2020
My great grandparents had an Almond tree when l was a kid. I always wanted to have one
Larry S on Dec 10, 2019
I'm trying to decide between your All-in-ONe and the Hall's Hardy Almond trees....what would be the pros/cons between soft and hard shell?
Hermine D on Dec 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My Mom and I purchased a Hardy almond the smaller sized one last year. Arrived well packaged! Moist and just cleaned off the packaging and let the roots set in a bucket of water before planting. Thank God! We followed the instructions and they BOTH have fruit on them. Living in Southern California makes them easier to thrive in the sunny area. We are happy customer's ???
Do these almonds need to be boiled before eating to prevent cyanide poisoning?
Steve D on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This variety happens to be a cross between an almond and a peach, resulting in a hardier tree with bittersweet almond kernels. You'd have to consume a fairly large amount of kernels to be affected by the prussic acid, but many growers recommend playing it safe and boiling the kernels anyway.
How long do you need to boil Hall's almonds to eliminate the cyanide?
Ruth C on Sep 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They do not need to be boiled. They can be eaten fresh , dried or roasted. Apples seeds and almonds have very low level of organic Cynide which gives the slight bitterness. This is different from elemental cyanide which is toxic.
Can I plant the halls hardy almond tree in a pot?
Kady S on May 15, 2016
Is this tree grafted?
Rosemary B on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, to be true-to-name, these almond trees are grafted. We typically use peach rootstocks like Lovell.
I've had a Hall's hardy almond for 4 years. Produced almonds last year, but the bark is splitting this year and peeling off the tree. What do I need to do?
JAMES O. on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It sounds like the issue could be injury caused by the sudden changes in temperature during the daytime and nighttime in winter. You may want to paint the trunk of your tree, below the lowest branch, with a 50/50 mixture of water and white latex paint. This will help reflect the heat rather than absorb it and reduce the risk of winter injury.
Are the hall'a hardy almond nuts poisonous? Do they contain cyanide? Should I boil them before eating? Thank you.
Charity Hazlett S on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It helps to soak almonds in water for 2-4 hours and rinse to remove carrageenan. Then you can roast them for better flavor. Store nuts in refrigerator or freezer to keep them from becoming rancid
Does it have any fall leaf color at all?
Heather U on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in Northern Utah in zone 7a and the only fall color I have noticed on the Halls Hardy Almond is a dark purple tint to the green leaves. It is not exciting, but you do get amazing blossoms in the spring.
I live in Georgia, zone 7 and have read such mixed reviews on whether or not I can expect enough almonds to make it worth it here. What could I expect in this climate? Thank you!
Lindsay on Nov 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm in Mass, I have had Hall's for about 6 years. The tree will grow in almost any soil except excessive wet. Some years I get a tree full of almonds and other years no too many, I think it's from the spring weather conditions, flowering & pollination that make the difference... You climate some be better than mine for this tree.
Deer ate off most the baby almond tree last year. New growth this year looks from above the graft. But all new growth is a dark red color, now in June in Wisconsin. Is this rootstock or Hall's?
Bob R on Jun 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. I am sorry to hear this, it does sound like root stock growth as they are typically grafted with a red leaf seedling and its characteristics include dark red leaves.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How does almond tree do in the heat?
Gretchen K on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It seems to do well in Missouri heat, however it needs to be watered regularly.
How easy itis to crack this nut? Is squirrel a pest for this? Thanks
Jasmine W on Nov 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is really pretty easy as nuts go its easiest by far. Theres outer layer and a more fibrous inner layer. Itll prove easier if you extra lightly roast entire shell nd nut prior to excising the nut. Yes squirrel nd bird can b pest but ther are som simple, non harsh detractors you can purchase as hinderance to these pests... hooe it helps, ct
my tree has red leafs at the bottom is this right?
bobby on Jun 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: New growth often appears as red, which fades to green as the leaves grow and open. If the leaves are sprouting low on the trunk, just prune them off.
Our almond tree produced Almonds for the first time this year. Trees are 3yrs.old.The shells on the almonds are so hard we can't crack them. What could be the problem?
Jay S on Oct 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Make sure they are ripe and dry enough (no fresh pulp around it), greener shells tend to be slightly sturdier and harder, and tend to get a bit more brittle/crumbly when they get older and less humid. Use a plier-type nutcracker; some people use a vise.
A former neighbor had one of these trees and I remember the blossoms were beautiful. How fast does this tree grow? Will it survive an upstate New York winter?
SammyR on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: it has survived 2 iowa winters so far. It was a stick about 3' tall when I got it. It's about 5' tall & 5' in dia. and it's pruned back each year.
Can you plant almond and pecan trees next to each other?
A B on Feb 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The almond tree is only going to be about 12-15 ft tall and 8-12 ft wide. The pecan tree will grow to be over 70 ft tall and more than 40ft wide. Make sure to leave enough space for the root systems and make sure the almond tree will still get sun after the pecan tree outgrows it. I don???t think there???s anything in the root systems that would harm each other (like with walnut).
I am new to gardening. How do I provide the recommended 200-300 chill hours for this? Do I store it in my freezer for awhile when it comes?
linda b on Jun 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. After your plant is in the ground Chill hours are roughly the number of hours between the temperatures of 32-45 degrees. Winter hours above 60 degrees are subtracted from the totals. The idea is that a deciduous plant goes dormant in the cold winter to protect itself from the cold.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long does it take for a Hall's Hardy Almond tree to show growth after being planted?
Jackie on Jun 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. They are slow growers but they should break dormancy within 4-6 weeks after planting.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How many chill hrs are required for best production?
Brian D on Mar 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: 200-300 hours
Are they shipped in container??
Phil C on Jul 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start?? pot, ready for transplanting.
Is the halls hardy almond grafted onto a different kind of root stock?
C K on Jul 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock, but our Customer Support Team might be able to help you determine what was used on this year???s crop. Please contact us at 800.325.4180, or you can email info@starkbros.com or visit starkbros.com and initiate a chat.
Can almond tree be grown as a draw maxing 6ft tall?
Anita on Apr 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It would be very difficult to prune such a large tree to keep it at a dwarf size; we would not recommend it.
what's the best way to deal with wild rabbits?
Dan B on Mar 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have never had this problem buy I do wrap my young trees in "tree wrap" not sure ifif there's a proper name for it, so that may help. I would also suggest setting up chicken wire around the tree to keep them out. I have used rabbit repellent in my garden with success but warning if you have a dog, they usually like to roll in it since it smells. :) Good luck!
Can almond trees harm apple trees like walnut trees do?
PAUL D on Jun 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No almond trees are more like peach trees. No problem with apples
how does one harvest the almonds and prepare for consumption?
Susan on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When ripe the outer husk will split (discard) and the almond in its shell will be exposed as they fall to the ground. Roast at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes till slight light brown, cool & eat . Use a very strong nut cracker.
Can you eat the flesh o the outside of an almond nut?
Tracey P on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've heard of people eating fresh/green almonds (fuzzy green skin and all, or slipping the immature kernel from the hull first), but only when the fruit is underripe/picked early. The hull becomes hard and dry as the almonds ripen on the tree, and opens to reveal the shell that surrounds the almond kernel. Picking an almond early enough to eat the hull may be something to try with a fully sweet almond, but Hall's Hardy is half peach and it is suggested that you boil the mature nuts prior to eating them.
will this tree also pollinate almond trees near by?
bonnie c on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should, as long as those other almond trees are growing within 50 feet of this variety and they have overlapping bloom times.

Customer Reviews

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Very Nice tree with Almonds the second year
This tree has done very nicely in it's second year. Pretty pink blossoms and now a dozen or so almonds are growing on. I live in zone 6 B and it is doing nicely so far. Looking to see if they can be successfully grown commercially in this area.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Growing well ..
I purchased three trees 3'-4' in 2015. They began blooming this year, 2016. I ordered 8 more for this year. They are doing well also. I believe the size has had a good deal to do with their success. My 2016 order has a brown/grayer bark than the 2015 which has a red bark. I am wondering if I got the same variety sent out to me? That's my only concern . . .
August 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear the trees don't look the same. You are welcome to send pictures of the trees to info@starkbros.com and I will be happy to take a look. We'll go from there after I've reviewed the pictures.
August 22, 2016
Brenda H Staff
Never had fruit
Bought this tree in 2014. It's doing fabulous as far as growth is concerned. However, in the last 4 years we had ZERO nuts. We are in zone 8. I read that others had success in northern areas, so maybe it's too warm in here for this variety. Either way, it should be noted before we bough it. Feel like we wasted our time and money.
February 18, 2018
Hall's Hardy Almond tree
I've had this now for one year. Tree arrived in good shape and was dormant. Shortly after planting it showed signs of growth and had a very good first year. It made it through a fairly mild winter in zone 5. Shows good signs of growth this Spring and I had flowers! So far so good. Can't wait for the nuts in the future.
May 7, 2016
over 7 years ago
beautiful flowers
I've yet to get a harvest from this tree, but in it's second season here in Philadelphia it's already grown considerably and was covered with flowers this spring. It's at least as good as any cherry blossom!
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Halls Hardy Almond
Great little tree. Growing strong even after being nibbled down by the sheep. I guess what doesn't kill it makes it stronger. ha
May 5, 2016
over 7 years ago
I have 2 trees now, very healthy on arrival. Tolerated our zone 4/5 winter with no problem. This is the first year it appears i will have nuts. Only the second year. Can't wait!
May 5, 2017
over 4 years ago
Halls Hardy Almond
We love our Halls Hardy Almond. It is thriving, and has survived one harsh winter and a very hot summer. We would recommend it to anyone, all the Stark fruit and nut trees we have purchased have been of the highest quality.
August 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
So far so good!
Has only been planted for one season but tree is healthy and already has almonds on it. Was beautifully flowering and nice addition visually for spring. Have not raised almonds before so not absolutely sure how to process them when they are ready to be harvested but am looking forward to it.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Zone 6 in Tennessee
We planted two Halls Hardy three years ago that have just started to produce this year. We had added three more that are coming up on two years.

The plants were packed well and healthy when received and were planted the day of arrival. We have purchased a good deals of fruit/nut trees from Stark over the years and have been well pleased with their service.

This spring we had an unusually late frost threatening when the two older Halls were in full bloom. As an experiment, we wrapped incandescent style Christmas Lights around the tree for those two days. Some of the blooms were bit, but a good number of them passed right through and set nuts.

Will be experimenting more.

May 10, 2017
over 5 years ago