It has large, showy, double, orange-red flowers to 3 inches and very large (up to 5 inches wide), glossy, dark red to purple-red fruit. These fruit have red arils with a sweet-tart flavor and small, medium soft seeds. These are very juicy with the juice being dark red and staining. Deciduous it requires 150 chilling hours and bears in late summer to early fall. Discovered around 1896. Can be container grown indoors or bonsai.
Zone 8 – 10
Sunlight – Full sun to partial shade.
Growth rate – Slow.
Drought Tolerance – Good with established plants.
Harvest time – Fall.
Years to Bear Fruit – 1st Year.
Evergreen or Deciduous – Deciduous
Chill Hours – 150. Dormant, deciduous types do not require light while dormant, and they must be kept cool (under 10’c-50’f) to keep from sprouting (growing). An unlit, ventilated garage that does not ‘freeze’ is ideal.
If you love Pomegranates but don’t like the scarcity or high price, these are the varieties for you. These pomegranates are huge! Very popular for making pomegranate juice, too! Especially for gardeners in the cooler zones, these are a real rarity that you will treasure in your garden for many years to come. A large mature tree can produce up to 50-100 fruit, (container grown, results will vary). So with very little space you get plenty of fruit to eat, share, and juice. Bigger fruit means less work. Russian Reds and Wonderful are large, about the size of a Grapefruit. So you get a lot more arils for the same effort. No-Fuss Trees that stands up to high humidity. Fungus is the arch enemy of any pomegranates. This is the closest you can come to Plant It… Forget It… Pick It. A remarkably tough tree that also resists insects, disease, drought and fruit splitting. Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Adapts to almost any soil, even poor ones as long as they drain well. Requires 150 chill hours.