The pomegranate is an orange-sized fruit with a thickish skin that opens to reveal chambers of brilliant red seeds surrounded by a sac of delicious juicy pulp. Originally from China, they have long been prized in the Mediterranean. Not only do they taste and look great, but the shrub with its small orange flowers and bushy habit is very attractive. The shrub will grow to about 3m, and will grow in most soils and tolerate a temperature range from -5C [when dormant] to any heat we have in NZ. Too much cold will affect the fruit quality though, and a long hot summer is required to set fruit at all. Prune in winter. Fruit ripens late autumn.
WONDERFUL (CUTTING GROWN) -
This is a commercially grown variety and performs well in NZ conditions, though it still does best in a Mediterranean type of climate. The plants are cutting grown and should start fruiting in 2.5 - 3 years. SOLD OUT
SEED GROWN - Grown from seed from an excellent fruiting plant. Will still produce fruit but may take 5 years.
DWARF - Attractive small bushy shrub with orange fruit prized for the tangy juice. Cold tolerant, but needs hot summer to fruit well. Water well. Grows to 1 metre. SOLD OUT
POMEGRANATE - Punica granatum