Punica granatum Punicaceae
Pomegranate PU-ni-ka gra-NA-tum
- Deciduous shrub or small tree, 12-20 ft (4-6 m) tall, similar spread, oval or rounded outline. Sometimes thorny. Leaves opposite or whorled, even alternate on long shoots, oval-lanceolate, 2.5-7 cm long and 0.8-2.5 cm wide, entire, glabrous, glossy dark green, short petiole. Flowers with crumpled petals, each flower 2.5 cm or more across, red, orange, pink, yellow or variegated (depending upon the cultivar). Fruit globose, 2-12 cm wide, persistent calyx, yellowish-red eventually brown.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7b)8 Long cultivated, unsure of native range, possibly from Mediterranian to Himalayas. Many cultivars, including dwarf forms.
- Corvallis: southeast section of Central Park.