Punica granatum 'Wonderful'Item #6745 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
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This improved variety makes a beautiful landscape specimen that bears delicious pomegranates! Fountain-like, upright branches display large orange-red blooms in summer and large, burnished red fruit in early fall. A popular variety for making pomegranate juice, a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. Versatile as a shrub, small tree or espalier. Best fruit production in hot, arid summer areas. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering. Best with supplemental water during flowering and fruiting cycle.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PEW-ni-ka gra-NAY-tumDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Edible, Fall Color, Showy Fruit, WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer flowers, fruit matures in fallFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasPomegranate is exceptional for Mediterranean style gardens, low-water and even xeriscape settings, though the fruit is of highest quality with supplemental water during flowering and fruiting season. This is an excellent choice for a courtyard specimen. Grow in fruit orchard or kitchen gardens. Good fruit producer in very hot gardens with difficult soils.Companion PlantsAs part of the edible garden, use Variegated Calamondin Orange (Citrus reticulata 'Calamondin Variegata') as a companion. Contrast the orange-red blooms with the purple-blue exotic flowers of a Passion Vine (Passiflora pfordtii) or the white fragrant flowers of Chilean Jasmine (Mandevilla laxa).
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering. Best with supplemental water during flowering and fruiting cycle.
- History & LoreLore:The single genus of the family Punciaceae was classified by Linnaeus who Latinized the ancient name, Malum puncium, which translates to "apple of Carthage" which was its early common name. Pomegranate fruit came to symbolize fertility due to its abundance of seeds. A culinary staple in Spanish and Middle Eastern cuisine, the pomegranate has emerged as a popular source of Vitamins C and B5, potassium and antioxidant polyphenols.