Punica granatum - Flowering pomegranate
Family Lythraceae (Punicaceae)
Only two species of Punica
are native to western Asia and north Africa. Pomogranate
is widely cultivated as a fruiting shrub or small tree. A few cultivars have
been selected for their large, colorful flowers. Summer flowers are produced on
new growth and may be yellow, orange or pink. Fruits of the flowering cultivars
are edible but usually relatively small. Typically shrubby, they can grow into
small, deciduous trees.
Pomogranate fruit is eaten out of hand or juiced. Grenadine
is made from pomogranate juice.
See plants on the west side of building 2.
Large shrub or small tree to about fifteen feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: well-drained soil, very drought tolerant once established
Soil: well-drained soil, grows well in an alkaline soil
In north Florida,
pomegranate grows well in a well-drained soil in sun or part-shade.