Pomegranate Punica granatum
|Plant Form||Shrub||Plant Size||15' x 10'|
|Plant Type||Deciduous||Water Usage||Medium|
Physical Description Large, fountain shaped, multi-trunked shrub with narrow glossy green leaves and bright red-orange flowers in spring. Tennis ball sized fruit ripen with red rind enclosing many blood-red, edible, juicy seeds in summer.
Care and Maintenance Unharvested fruit may dry, persist and become unsightly. Birds and sucking insects damage and spoil fruit. Scale, whitefly. Twiggy interior. Suckers. Drought tolerant but must have regular water to flower and fruit.
Gardener's notes Several cultivars available including double flowering, fruitless and dwarf varieties. A good, heat loving, Old World ornamental and fruiting plant with long, cultivated history in El Paso.