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Pomegranate Trees Native To Mediterranean And Asia

The Pomegranate is a great nutritional and attractive subtropical to tropical ornamental tree. It is native to the Mediterranean region, southern Asia, and parts of tropical Africa.

This specie grows best in zones nine through eleven in the United States. It will survive in zones seven and eight, but is considered deciduous in some locations. It is a member of the Punicaceae family and also called Punica granatum.

The tree can be grown from seed in the spring, cuttings in the summer, or by suckers and hard wood cuttings throughout the winter months. This specie will adapt to most soil conditions and thrives in full sun. It loves hot and dry conditions. Maturity runs around fifteen feet in height as well as width, especially in ideal climates.

Herbee's Hot Buzz Tip

A good tip for pruning this tree specimen, is to prune the branches annually for the first three years. This will help produce new shoots yearly and the to balance out the height and width of the tree.

After the third year, you can lessen the pruning of each tree by just removing the suckers and any dead branches.

Herbee Greenthumb

Bud Of Pomegranate Flower

Bud Of Pomegranate Flower

Buds And Flowers

Buds And Flowers

Herbee has mentioned in other sections of this web site that he lives in zone seven in the southeastern United States. One of our clients gave us a Pomegranate tree. We planted it in an open area where it receives ample sun light. Our summers are usually hot and dry. It took this specific specimen three years to bear fruit.

Every once in awhile we can have a late spring frost that can do damage to new growth. The result can be no fruit for that particular season. Usually the tree will come in full swing, and the leaves will begin to appear in April. In our zone the buds come to life in the beginning of June. The buds resemble berries and within a week or so, the flowers open up.

Pomegranate Flower

Close Up Of Pomegranate Flower

Full Pomegranate Tree

Full Pomegranate Tree

The flowers range in color from red, orange, pink, and white. After the flower is done blooming, fruit will begin to appear in the summer months and throughout the fall. The different species of this family will produce a little variety of pulp from the fruit.

2014 Update After Winter Of Polar Vortex

New Life In Pomegrante Tree
2014 Pomegranate

The two pictures above will give you an idea of what a cold winter will do here in zone seven. Many of you know how bitterly cold our winter was in 2014. After the temperatures warmed up, Herbee periodically checked this tree to see if there was any new life in it. The branches weren't brittle, and had some bend in them. He left the tree along as early spring turned into nice sunny and warmer days.

One evening before dusk, as we were walking by the Pomegranate, Herbee notices the beginning of new growth. We were very excited to see the signs that this subtropical to tropical tree looked like it was going to make it. Herbee doubts we will get fruit this year, but with some tender loving care, he'll be buzzing around the blooms next year and the tree should bear fruit.

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Fruit From Pomegranate

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The Pomegranate fruit is about the size of an apple. Each fruit contains many seeds. The seeds are eaten fresh, or are used for juice.

The pulp can be used in grenadine syrup. This fruit is very nutritional and contains anti-oxidants. The seeds have a very refreshing flavor. Notice the bottom end is opening up. This is a sign the fruit is ripe and ready to eat.

This tree will do well in a variety of different style gardens. A great idea is to consider this tree around a back drop of evergreens. You can also plant it in an open landscape area, surround by other warm climate foliage.

Below is more information on different tropical shrubs and trees. The Pomegranate is a wonderful specie not only to watch the buds, flowers and fruit develop, but it also creates a wonderful addition in a container garden. A large tub or a couple of planters will work with this specie.

This is a wonderful tree for many subtropical and tropical gardens. This is a good tree to consider if it grows in your geographic location.

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