Round, softball sized fruit ripening to a yellow-red, or deep red color. Pulp is a very beautiful dark red, juicy, with a sweet-tart flavor.
Shrubby bush or small tree, usually only to 10-20ft, sometimes a bit higher. Trees may be somewhat spiny, but this seems to vary depending on the variety. Pomegranate's defoliate in the cooler months followed by pretty new foliage that is red in color, turning to green. They also have a tendency to grow suckers from their base.
Trees are very hardy, surviving to 12-15F. They can be grown outdoors as far north as Washington D.C./Virginia in the United States, and throughout much of the Pacific coast. They will also grow in tropical climates, but are adapted to hot, subtropical-mildly temperate regions. Trees will also fruit in containers.
The pomegranate is quite adaptable, but prefers a very sunny, warm location. They grow well in desert areas. Plants will take considerable drought, but grow best with regular watering. They are suitable for growing in desert areas, but should be irrigated during flowering and fruiting season.
By seed, cuttings, grafts.
Fruits are eaten ripe, or used to make juice, desserts, and used in numerous flavorings. The fruits are also used for decorative purposes.
Native range extends from the Middle East through India. Now grown commercially throughout much of the world for its fruit.