A highly attractive feature tree, Pomegranates are well-known, although not as widely grown in our gardens as they should be.
With deep green foliage and bright orange-red flowers in summer, your pomegranate will look great for years to come, with its shiny fruits ripening in the sun and providing a beautiful contrast to its leaves.
Pomegranates are super-healthy and packed with antioxidants which is really important if you're looking after your wellbeing – the fruits can be used in cooking sweet or savoury dishes and taste great when made into refreshing, fragrant pomegranate juice!
A fairly compact, deciduous shrub, Pomegranate 'Mollar de Elche' is completely hardy when established, and will easily tolerate our British winters, down to -15°C. It's a popular Spanish variety grown commercially for its flavour and ease of cultivation, so you're sure it's a good choice to grow. For best results in the UK, grow in a warm and sunny aspect in a pot where it can be moved around as necessary before planting out when its trunk has thicker wood.
Heat is essential for the formation of the fruits, which develop into rosy red globes containing their trademark ruby-like jewelled 'arils' (the fleshy part of the seed). The seeds themself are very soft which makes them very easy to eat and have been describes as virtually seedless.
Easy to grow and great in a pot on the patio, pomegranates like a rich soil with plenty of grit and gravel for good drainage. Although drought-tolerant when established, do keep your plant well-watered and it will flower throughout the summer.
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot. Flowers June – August, fruit from September. Ultimate height 1.5m (2ft).