If I could only have one tree I think it might be a pomegranate. Why?
- Pomegranate trees have beautiful, bright red flowers in the spring and handsome yellow leaves in the fall.
- They grow fast.
- They have few pests.
- They are drought tolerant.
- They produce delicious fruit.
- Require low chill hours.
- They live long–200 years or more.
The big downside for, probably, most of the readers of this blog is that pomegranates are frost sensitive. And the fruit will split if it rains in the fall. But if you live in a warm, dry climate you need to get one!
The variety we have is Wonderful, not all that exciting as this is the variety at the supermarket. If I had to plant one again I’d probably choose a more exotic pomegranate. That said, Wonderful is still wonderful–big, juicy and delicious.
The time to order your bare root fruit trees is now! Our favorite source, Bay Laurel has a nice selection of pomegranates. Just order now for winter delivery, as they sell out. Pomegranates can also be propagated easily from cuttings and, along with figs and olives, are just about the only fruit trees that aren’t grafted.
Do you have a pomegranate tree? What variety do you have?