Punica Granatum - Pomegranate
This attractive, self-fertile,shrub bears glossy foliage and vibrant, funnel shaped, orange flowers over a long period throughout summer. The fruits form at the base of the flowers and ripen during mild autumns for harvesting in October and November. Enjoy the sweet-sharp fleshy fruits in desserts and savoury dishes or use the pomegranate 'kernels' to make a fragrant juice.
Often associated with much warmer climates, Pomegranate can tolerate temperatures down to -15C when grown in a sheltered position. In particularly cold areas it can be grown in a large container and moved to a warmer position during the winter months.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 3 years.