Brighten your garden — and your diet — with a pomegranate tree from Nature Hills Nursery. If you’re in a warmer climate and looking for a drought-resistant tree with ornamental beauty and amazingly healthful fruit, look no further than our pomegranate tree varieties.
Origins of the Pomegranate Tree
Pomegranate trees are relatively fast growing fruit trees that produce a highly sought-after fruit. Pomegranates have been under cultivation since ancient times in the Mediterranean region. Their exotic beauty and delicious fruit made them quickly popular throughout the Middle East, India and drier parts of Southeast Asia and Northern Africa. Pomegranates made their way into Europe through Spain, and the fruit was prized in England even though it did not thrive in that colder climate. English colonists in America tried to import the tree, but those in southern colonies like Georgia and South Carolina were the only ones to see success. The pomegranate tree was introduced to California by Spanish settlers in 1769 where it continues to thrive today.
Three Seasons of Color
The pomegranate tree is attractive in any landscape and can thrive for decades in warmer planting zones. Pomegranate tree flowers are showy and decorative, bringing a splash of red to your property in the spring that continues well into summer. Their trumpet shape attracts pollinators, though the tree does not need outside pollination to produce fruit. Deciduous in cooler climates, pomegranate trees may behave as an evergreen in more tropical zones. The foliage is dark green and glossy. Multiple trunks with distinctively twisted bark often appear sculpturally entwined for added visual interest. In autumn, the leaves turn a brilliant yellow as large, round, red fruit conclude the pomegranate’s three seasons of colorful entertainment.
Fruitful, Healthful Pomegranate Trees
Pomegranate fruits are quite unique. A round, spherical outer shape is filled with dozens of small ruby-colored seeds. This fruit produces the delicious pomegranate citrus flavored juice that is universally acclaimed for its health benefits. Pomegranates are used for juice, jellies, pomegranate wine and salad dressings. The pomegranate has a long storage life. It is best maintained at a temperature of 32° to 41° F and can be kept for a period of seven months within this temperature range and at 80 to 85% relative humidity without shrinking or spoiling. The fruits improve in storage, becoming juicier and more flavorful.
Pomegranate fruit is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It contains high amounts of vitamin C, calcium and iron while also contributing dietary fiber and folate. Pomegranate fruit contains antioxidants which are purported to help protect blood lipids from oxidation.
The Nature Hills Difference
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