Punica granatum 'Wonderful'Item #6745 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
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Improved variety with fount-like branches that display large orange-red blooms in summer and large, burnished, delicious red fruit in early fall. A popular variety for making pomegranate juice, Beautiful as shrub, small tree or espalier. Fruits best in warm semi-arid climates. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Occasional water once established; increase during bloom/fruit cycle.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PEW-ni-ka gra-NAY-tumDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Hummingbirds, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Edible, Fall Color, Showy Fruit, WaterwiseFoliage 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-draining soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant when established; performs best with supplemental water during flower and fruiting cycle. Feed before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Occasional water once established; increase during bloom/fruit 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.