Punica granatum 'Wonderful'Item #6745 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
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An improved variety with fount-like branches that produces large orange-red blooms in summer and large, delicious, burnished red fruit in early fall. A popular variety for making pomegranate juice. Beautiful and versatile, works well as a large shrub, small tree, or espalier. Fruits best in warm semi-arid climates. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PEW-ni-ka gra-NAY-tumDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SummerFlower 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 PlantsLavender (Lavandula); Sweet Bay (Laurus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
- CareCare InformationProvide average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. When established, reduce frequency after fruit ripens, and increase during bloom period; tolerates moderate drought. Fertilize before new growth appears in spring. Prune annually, to shape.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.