Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
Instead of thinking flavor, think color when you see these small, showy ornamentals. Native from Iran to the Himalayas, they produce single or double flowers in white to red-orange, with ruffled petals surrounding a central cluster of stamens. They either are fruitless or bear pomegranates that are more decorative than tasty. 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. For fruiting types, see Pomegranate.
All are good landscape plants, tolerating a broad range of soils—even alkaline ones. In late dormant season, prune as needed to shape. On shrubby types, remove oldest stems occasionally to encourage strong new growth.
‘Chico’. Dwarf Carnation-Flowered Pomegranate. Compact shrub to 3 ft. tall and wide. Easily kept to 1 1/2 ft. tall with occasional pruning. Double orange-red flowers.
‘Legrellei’ (‘Madame Legrelle’, ‘California Sunset’). To 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Creamy white double flowers heavily striped coral red.
‘Nana’. Dwarf Pomegranate. Dense grower to 2–3 ft. tall, 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.
‘Nochi Shibori’. To 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Double dark red flowers.
‘Toyosho’. To 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Double light apricot flowers.
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