site. which I quoted part of below. Moses staff was a branch of an almond tree, which did bud and blossom (Numbers 17).
"In the Hebrew language, name for almond tree is shâqêd (Strong, 2010). The primary root of shâqêd is shâqad
which means to be watchful, alert, on the lookout, and sleepless.
Almond buds and blossoms were placed on the Lampstand where the lamps
burned during the night to symbolize two things: first, the constant
watchfulness of God over His people and second the need for Israel to be
alert to the commandments of God."