Punica granatum – Pomegranate – Punicaceae (south-eastern Europe, Himalayas)
Habit: Large shrub or small, roundish tree with thorns, 6-7 m tall, up to 5 m wide, upright, many twigs, naked, often rectangular, slow-growing.
Flowers: Funnel-shaped, terminal and in axils, intense red, single (wild varieties) to double, fleshy sepals, numerous stamen, summer.
Fruit: Round, apple-shaped, thick, orange-brown, with reddish touches, perianth persists, up to 12 cm long, numerous fruit, fleshy, like filled with jelly, sweet to sour, taste of wine, seed husk edged, edible part of fruit.
Leaves: Deciduous, ovoid-lanceolate, oval, leathery, coarse, shiny light green, entire, up to 8 cm long, shoots red or with copper veins, intense yellow in autumn.
Demands: Full sun, needs protection, somewhat frost hardy, cold house, resistant to drought, tolerant of salt, cut in spring.
Natural habitat: Loamy, moderately nutritious, well drained soil.
Hardiness: Zone 8b