18 Lovely Pomegranate Tree Varieties

Looking for an ornamental tree that loves the sun, produces delicious fruits, and is easy to manage? If yes, then pomegranate trees (Punica granatum) may be an excellent choice for you. These trees are easy to manage as they are resistant to most pests and diseases. They also produce wonderful fruits with red, leathery rind, and delicious red seeds loaded with antioxidants.

In most places, pomegranate trees are deciduous. But, if you have the right warm climate, they may be evergreen. With glossy leaves and scarlet flowers, the trees are also attractive, making a great centerpiece for your garden. The tube-shaped flowers will also attract chirpy hummingbirds and other wildlife into your garden.

Plus, pomegranate trees vary in size. While the average size of pomegranate is about 12 to 16 feet tall with a round shape, they are available in a range of sizes from 3-feet dwarf shrubs to massive 30-feet trees. Therefore, you can grow a beautiful pomegranate in your garden without worrying about space too much.

However, keep in mind that pomegranates are sun-lovers and do their best in the heat. They are perfect for the warmest and sunniest locations in the garden that might scorch most other plants. They are also somewhat drought tolerant.

If you plan on planting a pomegranate tree, do so in spring after the last frost has passed. Plus, keep in mind that most varieties take about two to three years to bear fruit, so you might have to wait a bit. So, are you ready to bring a lovely pomegranate into your garden? Here are some varieties to consider.

1. Angel Red Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum smith
  • Tree Height: 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: Early September 

Angel Red produces some of the juiciest pomegranates with bright red rind and soft seeds. The fruit has a distinct sweetness favored by many pomegranate lovers. Despite the tree’s small size, it is a heavy producer and a great choice for juicing. It features dark green foliage and orange-red blossoms.  

2. Socotran Pomegranate

  • Punica protopunica
  • Tree Height: 16 to 33 feet 
  • Harvest Time: October to February
punica protopunica
Drew Avery punica protopunica

Socotran Pomegranate is widely grown in tropics and subtropics for its ornamental beauty and fruit. The flesh is full of tender seeds with a nutty flavor. However, keep in mind that the tree does not bear fruit well until around the fifth or sixth year of growth. It features glossy green foliage and striking orange-red flowers. 

3. Salavatski Russian Red Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum Salavatski
  • Tree Height: 8 to 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September 

Salavatski is one of the toughest pomegranate varieties. You can plant it and forget about it until it is time for harvest! It is an excellent choice for colder regions. Plus, it is a heavy producer. A mature tree will produce about 90 to 100 lbs of fruit under the right conditions.

4. Red Silk Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum red silk
  • Tree Height: 15 to 20 feet 
  • Harvest Time: August to September 

Red Silk Pomegranate is a semi-dwarf pomegranate tree with high fruit production and flavor that is second to none. If you are short on space, this tree may be an excellent choice for you. Whether you plant your Red Silk in the ground or container, you can expect high-quality pomegranates in less than two years.

5. Wonderful Pomegranate Tree

  • Punica granatum ‘wonderful’
  • Tree Height: 8 to 12 feet 
  • Harvest Time: Late September 

The Wonderful pomegranate tree is aptly named. It is one of the most versatile varieties that adapt well to a range of soil and resists drought and pests like a champ. It produces large purple fruits with a delicious tangy flavor.  

6. Eversweet Pomegranate Tree

  • Punica granatum ‘eversweet’
  • Tree Height: 8 to 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: Late September to October  

Eversweet is a small to medium-sized tree native to India and Iran. It will get you juicy fruits within a year of growth. The fruit is great for fresh eating and juicing. Moreover, months prior to fruiting, you can enjoy large, showy flowers that will attract birds into your garden.  

7. Sweet Pomegranate Tree

  • Punica granatum ‘sweet’
  • Tree Height: Up to 33 feet 
  • Harvest Time: August through September

Sweet pomegranate is one of the large varieties. It produces pink fruit with sweet seeds, as the name suggests. It is an early bearer, which means you can collect fruits way before your other pomegranate trees are ready to harvest. However, keep in mind that this tree is very frost-sensitive, so choose a warm and sunny location.  

8. Dwarf Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum var. nana
  • Tree Height: 3 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September through October 
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K M Dwarf Pomegranate

With 2 to 3 feet spread, Dwarf pomegranate is a miniature variety ideal for indoor growing. It does extremely well in pots and containers and produces trumpet-shaped, orange-red flowers. The tree features narrowly rounded evergreen leaves. You can expect the first harvest in about 3 to 4 years after planting.  

9. Sienevyi Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum var Sienevyi

Sienevyi is one of the most popular types of pomegranate trees. It produces large fruits with soft seeds and a sweet flavor that will remind you of sweet watermelons. The skin of the fruit is rather pink than red and features dark purple arils. The tree is easy to grow and manage. 

10. Parfianka Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum var Parfianka  
  • Tree Height: 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September through October 

Parfianka is one of the smaller varieties with beautiful red fruit featuring small, super flavorful seeds. It produces a heavy crop at a young age. You can expect the first fruits within a year or two of planting. The tree is naturally dwarfing at 10 feet. However, you can limit the growth to 6 to 7 feet with regular pruning.

11. Desertnyi Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum var Desertnyi
  • Tree Height: 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September through October 

Desertnyi pomegranates belong to a special selection from Turkmenistan. The name Desertnyi simply translates to “dessert” in English. The tree likes well-drained soil and is hardy to 10F. The fruit has a unique appearance, with a light orange rind contrasted against dark red arils. The flavor is also great – a striking balance of tart and sweet with citrus overtones. 

12. Sin Pepe Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum var Sin Pepe
  • Tree Height: 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September through October 

The name Sin Pepe means “Seedless.” However, don’t let it fool you. The fruit is not seedless but contains very soft seeds. The arils are light pink in color, and the fruit tastes a lot like a delicious fruit punch. It is sweet and refreshing. The tree is perennial with evergreen or deciduous leaves, depending on where it is grown. 

13. Kashmir Blend Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum ‘Gissarskii Rozovyi’
  • Tree Height: 7 to 12 feet 
  • Harvest Time: October to November 

Ornamental, glossy-leaved, and long-lived, Kashmir Blend is the perfect small-sized pomegranate tree for your garden. It is also more suitable for climates than most other varieties. The tree produces medium-sized fruits that range in color from link pink to red. The seeds are ruby red with an intense sweet flavor.

14. Ariana Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum var Ariana 
  • Tree Height: 6 to 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: Mid September through October 

The Ariana pomegranate tree produces some of the best-tasting pomegranates. The fruit is medium to large with dark red skin and arils. The seeds are very soft, featuring a sweet-tart flavor. The tree is adaptable to a variety of soils and prefers plenty of sun. It is hardy 0F and below. 

15. Gissarskii Rozovyi Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum ‘Gissarskii Rozovyi’
  • Tree Height: 15 to 20 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September through October

Gissarskii Rozovyi is a medium-sized tree that grows comfortably in containers as well the ground. It produces magnificent trumpet-shaped, showy flowers in the summer and features long, glossy leaves. The fruit is also large, with a mildly sweet flavor and a hint of tart. 

16. Golden Globe Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum ‘Golden Globe
  • Tree Height: 
  • Harvest Time:

While pomegranate trees do well in warmer climates, Golden Globe is more suited to coastal regions. It produces bright orange-red blossoms followed by delicious fruit with arils. These trees are prolific growers over a long season.  

17. Granada Pomegranate

  • Punica granatum ‘Granada’
  • Tree Height: 7 to 12 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September 

Granada is a result of bud mutation of the Wonderful pomegranate. The tree is similar to Wonderful in appearance but may produce fruit earlier in the season as compared to Wonderful. It is also recommended for coastal climates.  

18. Punica ‘Russian 26’

  • Punica granatum ‘Russian 26’
  • Tree Height: 8 to 10 feet 
  • Harvest Time: September 

Russian 26′ is an excellent choice for both southern and northern planters. It has a vase-like shape with moderate watering needs. It produces hard-seeded pomegranates. A mature tree can produce up to 90 to 100 lbs. The fruit is large and red, about the size of a grapefruit.