Pomegranate is a large shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces yellow seeds (technically 'pomes') with a red blush and dark red flesh which are harvested in early fall. The seeds have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.
The seeds are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Pomegranate has nodding orange trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive tomato-orange flower buds, and which are interesting on close inspection. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruits are showy yellow pomes with a red blush, which are carried in abundance in early fall.
This is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Pomegranate is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Pomegranate will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.
Pomegranate is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
This plant is NOT RELIABLY WINTER HARDY and considered "TROPICAL" in our region. It must be over-wintered inside with supplemental heat or used as a 1-season annual plant. The plant's desirable characteristics make it a good choice for growing in patio containers or flower gardens. Contact the store for care and over-wintering information.