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common name: Pomegranate
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
Large upright shrub or small rounded tree. The glossy deep green leaves are coppery colour when young. Bright orange-red flowers in summer, borne singly or in small clusters and have a wrinkled appearance. Rounded yellowish-brown, edible fruit follow, but need a long hot summer to develop properly.
Fertile well drained soil in full sun and warm temperatures in summer and autumn to produce fruit. Should be watered freely during the growing season but kept fairly dry during winter.
Can be successfully grown in large containers and may also be trained against a sunny wall.
From seed or by semi-ripe cuttings taken in summer.
Well known for its edible fruit but also attractive in flower and good in ornamental plantings.
Has traditional medicinal value, particularly in the Ayurveda system. The fruits and juice are rich in antioxidants, some vitamins and other phytochemicals. Extracts of bark, leaves and fruit have been commonly used as herbal treatments, including for amoebic dysentery and parasitic worms. Some caution is need as non-fruit extracts can be toxic in high doses.