If you are shopping for a medium size, long-lived tree that adapts well to Central Texas climate and soil, produces an attractive flower as well as a fruit that is both edible and useful in decorations, the Pomegranate tree may be a wise selection. This native to Iran and India was introduced to California by Spanish settlers in 1769 and has since become an important fruit crop plant as well as a popular tree selection for parks and home gardens.
The Pomegranate tree is a neat, rounded, small tree that typically grows from 12 to 16 feet in height. It is self-pollinating as well as cross-pollinated. Although typically deciduous, in warmer climates like ours, the glossy, leathery leaves stay on the tree. The attractive carnation-like scarlet, white or variegated flowers are over an inch across and have 5 to 8 crumpled petals as well as a red, fleshly, tubular calyx, which persists on the fruit.
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