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.
'Chico'. DWARF CARNATION-FLOWERED POMEGRANATE. Compact shrub to 3 ft. high and wide. Easily kept to 112 ft. high with occasional pruning. Double orange-red flowers. No fruit.
'Legrellei' ('California Sunset'). To 810 ft. high and wide. Creamy white double flowers heavily striped coral-red. No fruit.
'Nana'. DWARF POMEGRANATE. Dense grower to 3 ft. high, 6 ft. 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 ft. high and wide. Bears double dark red flowers. No fruit.
'Orange Blossom Special'. Dwarf, 23 ft. high and wide. Bright orange flowers. Great for pots. No fruit.
'Toyosho'. To 810 ft. high and wide. Double light apricot flowers. May produce small fruit.