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Punica granatum
Punica granatum

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Zones 5-31, H1, H2
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Full
Regular Water
Moderate
Punica granatum
Punica granatum

Punica granatum

Flowering Pomegranate
Punicaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees

Native from Iran to the Himalayas. The varieties described here either fail to fruit at all or bear fruit that is more decorative than tasty. For edible pomegranates, see Pomegranate.

Flowering pomegranates make good landscape plants. Taller types can be used as foundation plants, in shrub borders, as tall hedges, or as small trees; lower-growing varieties 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.

They take many soil types, including alkaline soil. In late dormant season, prune as needed to shape. On shrubby types, remove oldest stems occasionally to encourage strong new growth.

Punica granatum 'Nana', photo courtesy of Paroli Galperti/Photolibrary
Punica granatum 'Nana', photo courtesy of Paroli Galperti/Photolibrary

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'Nana'

Dense grower to 2–3 ft.high, 4–5 ft. wide. Blooms when a foot tall or less. Orange-red single flowers followed by small, dry red fruit. Nearly evergreen in mild winters.

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