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Punica granatum

Punica granatum
End of first season – a quick grower
Punica granatum
Flowering early April

Common name pomegranate
Family punicaceae
Life cycle tree/shrub (Z7b-11)
Flowers orange-red (summer)
Size to 20'
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil, drought-tolerant

Pomegranates are native to central Asia, but the climate in our current garden is warm enough to sustain them, so we're giving a small plant (purchased at our local grocery store) a chance. Over time it may grow as tall as 20', but I think we'll keep it quite a bit smaller in our garden – assuming it thrives here. The shrub or multistemmed tree features attractive crinkly orange-red flowers, followed by fruit that matures in late summer. We're not expecting fruit any time soon though – it will take at least four years for any to be produced. But it has certainly grown a lot in the one season it's lived in our garden, from not much more than a rooted cutting to a man-high tree. Its foliage was knocked out by the freeze of mid-January 2018, but by mid-February it was pushing out new leaves, providing much needed green in a mostly blackened garden. Later that year we'd see and enjoy a single pomegranate; a larger crop arrived the following year. A more severe freeze in February 2021 gave our specimen a little more pause – growth returned more sparingly, mostly from the base, by early April.

Bulging deep-red buds
Punica granatum
Fading flower
New growth after hard freeze in 2018
Punica granatum
Developing fruit, late June
The young tree, April 2017
Punica granatum
Regrowth from the very base after 2021 freeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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