Pomegranates in the Landscape

February 18, 2016

Cultivated for over 6000 years and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, the Pomegranate could be called nature’s finest fruit. A symbol of fertility and abundance in many cultures, the Pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas and is cultivated throughout the Mediterranean. Easy to grow, drought tolerant and sun loving, self fruitful and ripening from October to February when other fruit is finished.

Although the plant can grow into a large shrub, it is easy to keep it bushy and under 6 feet with regular summer pruning. The flowers and fruit are very showy, in bright red and orange colors. Pomegranates only needs occasional fertilizer when young and will grow in most soils. What a wonderful option for our low water landscapes!

When we think of the Pomegranate, we naturally envision the variety ‘Wonderful’, which is the most common commercial variety. But there are many other choices. Whereas ‘Wonderful’ has seeds that make the Arils difficult to eat fresh, ‘Eversweet’ and ‘Sweet’ are nearly seedless. Cut the top off the fruit and score the sides and open up the fruit to get at the delicious Arils. Although Pomegranates like warm summers, ‘Sweet’ is a good variety for coastal areas. ‘Red Silk’ is a naturally semi-dwarf tree therefore requiring less pruning to keep it in a smaller garden. ‘Parfianka’ has been called the most flavorful of all the Pomegranates. Perhaps one of these delightful varieties will find a place in your next landscape.

Contact our sales department today! We have Pomegranates available 1, 5, 15 gallon containers, and 24″ boxes. Call (925) 829-6006 to place an order!