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Punica granatum Pomme granate Delima Punicaceae
 

Punica granatum, Pomme granate, Delima

 

Punica granatum, Pomme granate, Delima

This species, growing to 15 ft (4.5 m) tall and 10 ft (3 m) wide, has 3 in (8 cm) long, blunt-tipped, glossy leaves.
Its large, 8-petalled, funnel-shaped, red-orange flowers appear at the branch tips in spring and summer; these are followed by the apple-like fruit.
Green before ripening to orange-red, each pomegranate has a thick rind surrounding masses of seeds in a reddish, sweet pulp.
A range of cultivars is available, the fruit varying from very sweet to acidic and the flowers from red, pink or white.
Punica granatum var. nana, a dwarf cultivar growing to 3 ft (1 m) high, has single orange-red flowers and small fruit.
The commercially cultivated Wonderful has double, orange-red flowers and large fruit.
Flowering colors: Orange, Pink, Red, White
Cultivation: Pomegranates can be grown in a wide range of climates, from tropical to warm-temperate, but the red or orange fruit will ripen only where summers are hot and dry.
Plant in deep, well-drained soil preferably in a sheltered, sunny position.
Propagate from seed ior from cuttings or by removing suckers.
They can be pruned as a hedge and also make good tub specimens.

 
Punica granatum, Pomme granate, Delima Punica granatum, Pomme granate, Delima Punica granatum, Pomme granate, Delima

  

   

 

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