A very late blooming variety that bears abundant crops of large, high- quality, soft shell almonds. Grow nutritious almonds in cold areas with these hardy varieties from Russia. Almost all almonds grown in the U.S. are grown in California. These selections bloom late, about the same time as peaches, helping them avoid damage from late hard frosts. Originating at the Nikita Botanic Garden, the attractive trees bear profuse, pinkish-white fragrant flowers in spring. Harvest nuts in September and use them for fresh eating, roasting and baking. Mature trees are 15 to 20 feet tall. While somewhat self-fertile, we recommend planting two varieties for best nut production in a location with at least 1/2 day of sun. Trees begin bearing about 3 years after planting.