Pomegranates Grow in Georgia

Pomegranate Tree/Shrub at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens.

Pomegranates are a nutrient-dense food with stunning color, and versatile uses. Originally from an area between Iran and the Himalayas, they’ve been grown in the US for over 100 years, but mostly in California and Florida. Pomegranates can withstand the cold without damage until about 12 degrees F. If growing them in Georgia, it would help to plant them in an area protected from the wind. Also, pomegranates are drought-tolerant and prefer dry soil.  A popular US cultivar that is an abundant fruit producer is ‘Wonderful’.

The pomegranate pictured is ‘Toyosho’, one of at least two species growing at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. Three plants are grouped to make a huge shrub/tree. The flowers are double, resembling carnations. There is no reason why we can’t landscape with plants for use and beauty.

2 thoughts on “Pomegranates Grow in Georgia

  1. pomegranate have caught my eye this year. I planted a handful of seeds around December of last year and they are just now big enough to give away as gifts to a lot of my friends. I am very excited about them and hope they do well.

    I am personally working on filling my 2 acre yard with wild plants that can be used as either food or for medicinal purposes. The green around us is such a wonderful gift if we could only see the purpose of each plant.

    1. I love your perspective, and couldn’t agree more. A revolution in landscaping is occurring. There’s a lot you can do with 2 acres, and many plants well-suited for the climate are useful and beautiful.

      By the way, I have relocated to Chattanooga, TN where I’m a clinical herbalist and counselor at the Center for Integrative Medicine. When looking for a new place to live, I selected the place that had a rather large pomegranate and fig tree growing. I was surprised that they would grow in Chattanooga, but it’s south-facing and protected from the north.

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