The best known fruiting pomegranate variety produces large deep purple-red fruit with deep crimson juicy flesh.
Picking season: September/October
Flowers: small, simple, bright orange in June, July, then more randomly in August and early September
Fruit size: large, 280-450 g
Fruit colour: deep purple-red skin
Start to bear fruit: medium early
Pollination: self-fertile, pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop. However will produce a heavy crop if planted in close proximity to a pollination partner which can be another variety of pomegranate.
Cold hardiness: to -12°C, as the plants gets older becomes more frost tolerant
Suitable for organic or no-spray culture: yes
General disease-resistance: very good
Pomegranates are not grafted onto any rootstock, so in areas where it gets cold enough to freeze, the tops of the plants may die back, they still come back and produce the same fruit.
Pomegranate shrubs are one of the easier fruits to work with since they are not usually affected by pests or diseases.