are good choices for drought tolerant gardens. They can take
regular garden watering, but will grow in drought conditions once
These deciduous trees can grow up to 20 feet tall and across, forming a
large round shrub. They can also be trimmed and formed into
Some ornamental pomegranate varieties are smaller, remaining under ten
tall. Their leaves are slightly smaller and they still bear
about the size of a large golf ball.
Fall Color For Mild Climate Gardens
All pomegranates bloom in
the spring and bear fruit in the fall. In autumn, pomegranate
leaves turn shades of bright to deep, golden yellow and make a pretty
picture against the bright red
fruits. Add a little color to your fall garden by including one
in your landscape.
One of my favorite things about pomegranates are the amazing
flowers! The flowers are dramatic red to orange with flowers up
to three inches in
diameter. The photos here are of my tree, the flower color is
vivid and bright. The orange blossoms seem to glow
covered with giant orange flowers can make a dramatic impact in
your landscape. But the color can be overpowering. If they
will be blooming the same time as other plants next to them, try mixing
with colors like whites, yellows or blues.
As patio plants
pomegranates are fine as long as you remember they will drop their
leaves (and fruit) in fall, so don't put them too close to the pool or
other areas where litter would be an issue.
The fruits can be up to six inches across and are
orange to red, with a leathery skin, and juicy, pulpy seeds. The
clear, dark red juice is sweet and tart at the same time. The
seeds can be eaten whole or
pressed for their juice. The juice is also notorious for stains,
so don't let Mom see you eating them in your good clothes!
The pomegranate is native to areas in northern India to Iran.
They have become naturalized throughout the Mediterranean. Thanks
to our similar climates, they are equally happy in western and Southern
The pomegranate growing over my back fence is in heavy, clay alkaline
soil and is happy with below average water. Here are photos of
its beautiful bright glowing orange flowers in spring.