Wonderful Pom

MrClintApril 22, 2013

Just wanted to share my Wonderful Pomegranate tree with any folks that are interested. This tree has been a bit of a challenge to make it submit to my will. It wants to be a bush, I want it to be a tree. It wants to weep, I want it be somewhat upright. I want to prune it, and it wants to stab me like a pin cushion in the process. :)

Be that as it may, here it is in its full frontal glory.

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MrClint

Here's a closer view of the trunk. My plan has been to prune it to a short trunk supporting three major branches. In reality it has two major branches and a minor one.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 12:48AM
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MrClint

Here is a closer view of some blossoms of the under-appreciated Wonderful Pom.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 10:58PM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Mr Clint,

I hope 1/2 of those flowers set fruits for you. My hardy Russian about the same size as yours. My Wonderful is a little smaller than yours. I Just unwrapped them and they survived another winter in the ground zone 5A. The lowest temp this year in Omaha was -12F for couple of nights.

Tony

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 11:27PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

I can see partly why it's called Wonderful.That's a beauty.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 12:32AM
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melikeeatplants

Yeah, Poms are beautiful. Wonderful tastes damn good too.... They mostly seem to want to be bushes though :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 12:36AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Very pretty, mrclint, I just adore their blossoms. My 'Wonderful' is almost twice the size of any of my other poms, it really does love growing in my area. If you drive around any established neighborhood here in San Diego county and look closely, you'll see a 'Wonderful' in many yards.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 3:24PM
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mrsg47(7)

Wow! What beautiful flowers. Wish they grew in RI. I might have to try Tony's method! Thanks for the pic. Mrs. G

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:39PM
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MrClint

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I can't recommend 'Wonderful' highly enough to folks looking to plant a pomegranate tree (the price and availability are obvious advantages). If you want to plant one pom tree, this is the one. If you want to plant a few poms, plant this one and something earlier (Angel Red) and/or something later (?).

This is really one of my pride and joy trees. Since poms bear fruit on new wood, you can prune the heck out of them when they are dormant. That's when you can deal with crossed branches and open the tree up to let light in, etc. When they flush out and bloom, it's like trying to tame the tide -- and every branch you snip at that point may be fruit you'll never see.

This post was edited by mrclint on Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 23:10

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:11AM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Pretty tree, Mr. Clint!

Poms are wicked easy to propagate. I've got 30 or 40 little cuttings going right now.

Unfortunately, I don't know the cultivar. It's from an old and productive tree. Wish I knew the cultivar so I could add diversity.

There's a long driveway at my sister's place that I think would look impressive lined with a bunch of poms, though not much to look at when dormant.

They've got a couple of acres that I could plant on, though plants won't get much care after getting established, so I think poms are perfect. Especially since I have no budget, but a good source for cuttings.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 4:12AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Sure is pretty in bloom but if you can only have one pom you can do a LOT better taste wise than Wonderful.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 7:32AM
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Johnnysapples

It's a beautiful upright tree. After all that I think you have it cornered.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:14PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

MrsG, you can grow poms in RI! There are many, many Russian, Turkistan, etc. cultivars that grow in far colder climates than yours. Check out Rolling River for some of their great cultivars. They are very nice folks and give you some great recommendations for your area. I have 3 great "Russian" cultivars in my yard, Sur Ah Nor, Submar and Sirenevyi.

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rolling River Pomegranates

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:44PM
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john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)

you should be very proud your tree is beautiful.Where I live I fight with freezing weather have been trying for 4 years to grow a dissent pom ashamed to post picture.Thanks for sharing your picture.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:50PM
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manfromyard(7b/8a)

I think they do much better in California, that's for sure. They're notorious for getting frozen out in GA. That is a beautiful tree though, very ornamental. Who says edibles can't be gorgeous as well?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:18PM
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rjinga

My MIL gave me a wonderful a few years back for my birthday, it was a decent sized tree when I got it, I put it into a big nursery container (like 2 ft of more in diameter). When the temps dropped, I carried it into the Greenhouse the first year and then after that, it got left out and was fine, each year it puts out a few more fruit. Last year I think I had 6 total, The tree is now probably 8 ft tall at least...This year it was a little slow to leaf out and I was worried maybe something had happened to it..

The bad news, I'm the worst procrastinator on the planet and it got left in the big black pot, and grew into the ground...so it's impossible to move now short of excavating it...so I hope that it's ok indefinitely, (open to any thoughts on that topic).

I also rooted about a dozen or so cuttings from a 50 year old tree in my MIL's neighbors yard, that was a few years ago too, before MIL gave me the tree...I have 4 small trees growing well. they are only about a foot tall. I repotted them recently into bigger containers. I don't know the variety of the tree but it has proven to be productive and thrives here in Ga. I may put the 4 I have in the ground, and I plan to get more cuttings soon and start again.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 7:28AM
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MrClint

Wonderful is an old time favorite here locally too, as hoosierquilt pointed out. Really a can't miss tree in our area. If you pick them a little early they are surprisingly sweet, even before the arils color-up. If you let them sit for a long time, they develop a deep burgundy wine flavor. The biggest challenge is keeping critters away from the fruit.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 1:06AM
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