|Praised by the ancients, this fruit's sweet, juicy, jewel-like, red pulp is the reason to plant it. The fruits on this slow-growing, deciduous shrub or small tree are used for juice and in jelly. They ripen and become edible only in warm climates, and not all types bear fruit. Their crinkly petaled, summer-blooming flowers are another attraction. The funnel-shaped blooms are usually scarlet, but the less cold-hardy, single- and double-flowered varieties also have white and yellow flowers. Shrubs reach 6 to 8 feet tall. Dwarf and non-fruiting varieties are also available. Use as a hedge or grow in tubs. Easiest from cuttings, but also started from seed. Available in containers. Plant in sheltered, warm site. Fruit grow on branches 2 years or older, so thin newer growth when plant becomes dense. Holes in fruit might be from leaf-footed plant bugs. Watch for fungus where humid.
Associated with the Greek goddess Athena, the red fruit of the Pmegranate is used to make beverages and preserves. The hard rind of the fruit is deep yellow to red. Bright green to golden-green leaves turn yellow in fall.
Attributes - Punica granatum
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Orange, Red
Height: 6 ft. to 15 ft.
Width: 12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil. Edible.
Punica granatum 'Nana'