Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
Full sun, conditions similar to fig. Zone 7 and warmer. Requires winter protection in the mountains.
Prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
Shrub or small tree, 6 to 12 feet tall and wide, rounded form with long narrow dark green leaves. Beautiful orange-red flowers in early-mid summer followed by red, 2 to 3 inch delicious, nutritious fruits in the late fall. Fruit might not ripen at higher elevations without using season extension.
A fine, underutilized summer flowering small tree or shrub. Pomegranate is useful as a container plant, specimen or as a shrub border plant.
Fruits are sweet and juicy. Pomegranate juice is a favorite in the Mediterranean, and dried pomegranate seeds are used as seasonings in India. The fruit is extremely high in vitamins and anti-oxidant compounds, making it a heart-healthy addition to our seasonal diet.
‘Favorite’ – Hardy variety from Russia. The pretty, bright orange-red blooms appear in early to mid summer and continue until fall.
‘Granny Berry’s‘ – A hardy prolificate variety that’s been a pass-along plant in Eliza Lord’s family in Greenville for four generations.
‘Wonderful‘ – Most common variety with large fruit.
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