ORNAMENTAL POMEGRANATE

FAMILY: Lythraceae | GENUS: PUNICA granatum

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native from Iran to the Himalayas. For fruiting types, see Pomegranate. Plants described here either fail to fruit at all or bear red fruit that is more decorative than tasty. Good landscape plants. Use taller types as foundation plants, in shrub borders, as tall hedges or small trees; lower-growing kinds are excellent for edgings, in containers. All bear showy single or double summer flowers with ruffled petals surrounding a central cluster of stamens. Narrow leaves are bronzy when new, maturing to glossy bright green or golden green; they turn brilliant yellow in fall except where winters are very mild. Take many soil types, including alkaline soil. In the Middle South, plant against south or west wall. In late dormant season, prune as needed to shape. On shrubby types, remove oldest stems occasionally to encourage strong new growth. Resistant to damage by deer.

dwarf carnation-flowered pomegranate

Chico

  • Compact shrub to 3 feet high and wide.
  • Easily kept to 112 feet high with occasional pruning.
  • Double orange-red flowers.
  • No fruit.

dwarf pomegranate

Legrellei

  • ('California Sunset').
  • To 810 feet high and wide.
  • Creamy white double flowers heavily striped coral-red.
  • No fruit.

Nana

  • Dense grower to 3 feet high, 6 feet wide.
  • Blooms when a foot tall or less.
  • Orange-red single flowers followed by small fruit.
  • Nearly evergreen in mild winters.

Nochi Shibari

  • Grows to 810 feet high and wide.
  • Bears double dark red flowers.
  • No fruit.

Orange Blossom Special

  • Dwarf, 23 feet high and wide.
  • Bright orange flowers.
  • Great for pots.
  • No fruit.

Toyosho

  • To 810 feet high and wide.
  • Double light apricot flowers.
  • May produce small fruit.

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