Punica: Pomegranate

Pomegranates have been in cultivation so long that no one knows exactly where they came from. It has been in use for eons in Iran and India and is featured in Egyptian mythology.

Many such non-native plants don't often translate to Portland, but the Pomegranate does. It thrives in our warm summers, reliably gracing our gardens with hot orange flowers, and it stands up to our winter cold.

Portland summers aren't usually long enough to produce fruit reliably. The variety 'Angel Red' ripens earlier than most pomegranates, and it's our best bet for growing fruit. 

Pomegranate

Punica

Despite a possible lack of fruit, we think that all varieties of Pomegranate are worth growing since the flowers really can't be beat. Site them in the hottest spot in your yard and they'll be happy. In areas that get very windy in winter, plant them in an area where the wind is a bit less.

Portland Nursery has carried many different varieties of Punica over the years. The following varieties are those we commonly stock.

P 'Angel Red'

Punica granatum 'Angel Red'

Orange flowers in July-August, large bright red fruit in September-October, much earlier than other varieties. Fruit has soft seeds with little residue. Upright fountain shape.

Grows 10' x 10'

P. 'Nana'
Photo Credit: Doreen Wynja

Punica granatum 'Nana'

Excellent dwarf variety with bright orange flowers all summer, shiny dark green leaves, yellow fall color and small orange-red fruit.

Grows 3-4' x 3-4'

P. 'Nana'

Punica granatum 'Wonderful'

Standard commercial variety grown in California. Orange-red flowers in July-August, glossy dark green leaves, yellow fall color. Fruit is large & red, but unlikely to ripen in our climate.

Grows 8-12' x 8-12'