Punica: Pomegranate

Pomegranates have been in cultivation so long that no one knows exactly where they came from. It has been in use for eons in Iran and India and is featured in Egyptian mythology.

Many such exotic plants don't often translate to Portland, but the Pomegranate does. It thrives in our warm summers, reliably gracing our gardens with hot orange flowers, and it stands up to our winter cold.

Portland summers aren't usually long enough to produce fruit reliably. The variety 'Angel Red' ripens earlier than most pomegranates, and it's our best bet for growing fruit. 

Pomegranate

Punica

Despite a possible lack of fruit, we think that all varieties of Pomegranate are worth growing since the flowers really can't be beat. Site them in the hottest spot in your yard and they'll be happy. In areas that get very windy in winter, plant them in an area where the wind is a bit less.

Portland Nursery has carried many different varieties of Punica over the years. The following varieties are those we commonly stock.

P 'Angel Red'

Punica granatum 'Angel Red'

Orange flowers in July-August, large bright red fruit in September-October, much earlier than other varieties. Fruit has soft seeds with little residue. Upright fountain shape.

Grows 10' x 10'

P. 'Nana'
Photo Credit: Doreen Wynja

Punica granatum 'Nana'

Excellent dwarf variety with bright orange flowers all summer, shiny dark green leaves, yellow fall color and small orange-red fruit.

Grows 3-4' x 3-4'

P. 'Nana'

Punica granatum 'Wonderful'

Standard commercial variety grown in California. Orange-red flowers in July-August, glossy dark green leaves, yellow fall color. Fruit is large & red, but unlikely to ripen in our climate.

Grows 8-12' x 8-12'

Find the Perfect Shrubs for your garden

Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Abelia

Abelia

Natives

Arbutus: Pacific Madrone

Natives

Cornus sericea

Red Twig Dogwood
Natives

Corylus cornuta

Beaked Hazelnut
decid-rhod

Deciduous Azalea

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Banana

Banana

Buddleia

Buddleia: Butterfly Bush

Callicarpa

Callicarpa: Beautyberry

Camellia

Camellia

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

Natives

Native Ceanothus: Wild Lilac

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Flowering Quince
Chimonanthus

Chimonanthus: Wintersweet

Clethra

Clethra: Summersweet

Perennials

Coprosma: Mirror Plant

Cornus

Cornus: Red Twig Dogwood

Corylopsis

Corylopsis: Winter Hazel

Corylus

Corylus: Filberts & Hazels

Cotinus

Cotinus: Smoke Tree

Daphne

Daphne

Edgeworthia

Edgeworthia

Chinese Paper Bush
Elaeagnus

Elaeagnus

Silverberry & Goumi Berry
Gardenia

Hardy Gardenia

Natives

Gaultheria shallon: Salal

Hamamelis

Hamamelis: Witch Hazel

Heathers

Heathers & Heaths

Hebe

Hebe

Hedges

Hedges

Natives

Holodiscus: Oceanspray

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Itea

Itea: Sweetspire

Lagerstroemia

Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

Lonicera

Lonicera: Honeysuckle

Natives

Mahonia: Oregon Grape

Nandina

Nandina: Heavenly Bamboo

Natives

Osmaronia: Indian Plum

Palms

Hardy Palm

Natives

Philadelphus: Mock Orange

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Physocarpus

Physocarpus: Ninebark

Natives

Native Physocarpus

Western Ninebark
Punica

Punica: Pomegranate

Natives

Rhamnus: Cascara

Ribes

Ribes: Currant

Natives

Native Ribes: Wild Currant

Natives

Rosa: Wild Rose

Natives

Rubus: Salmonberry

Willow

Salix: Willow

Sambucus

Sambucus: Elderberry

Natives

Native Sambucus: Elderberry

Sarcococca

Sarcococca: Sweet Box

Natives

Symphoricarpos: Snowberry

Lilac

Syringa: Lilac

Vaccinium

Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Natives

Native Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Viburnum

Viburnum: Arrowwood

Natives

Native Viburnum trilobum

Cranberrybush