Thank you, Lord, for our pomegranate tree. I never dreamed of having one. Our pomegranate tree has been bearing fruit for over 20 years. It was a surprise gift that keeps on giving. This tree gets a lot of attention because it’s on the side of our home that borders a highway. Numerous people have shown up on our doorstep asking us what kind of tree we have, or if they can have some of the fruit. It’s definitely a conversation piece! Peach, cherry, pear, apple, and even plum made the fruit tree wish list. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have asked for a pomegranate tree!
Our pomegranate tree has an interesting history. Twentyish years ago, firstborn son came into the house with a piece of fruit asking me what it was. I gave him a very puzzled look and asked him where he got it. He said he found it growing in the bushes. Upon a prompt inspection, we found a 5 foot volunteer tree growing in between two 6 ft by ft abelia bushes. We (meaning Mr. Withendlessgrace) dug up the large bushes flanking each side of the tree to let the tree grow. We found out later from the woman who sold us the house, that she used to sit on the porch and eat pomegranates and toss the seeds over the porch rail. It turned out to be a very good spot for a tree!
A typical pomegranate tree looks like a large bush, but when pruned to look like a crepe myrtle, it becomes a more appealing landscape planting. The tree really didn’t get much attention from passers by, until several years later when we pruned it up.
We enlist the grands to help pick the poms. We love the photos and making memories for us all. This is last years harvest. The old garden mums were already in bloom and the poms ripened early. They are typically not ready until the end of October. Pomegranates grow well in zones 8-11. Our zone is 7b, and we may be a tad bit warmer with a microclimate near the river. We did get a scare after a late frost last year that we lost the tree, but it came back suffering the loss of a third of the branches.
The previous season Mr. Withendlessgrace picks some poms for the Texas grands during their visit.
Consider growing a pomegranate tree if you are in zone 7b or warmer. The trees add interest to the landscape and are very easy to care for. Pomegranates are packed with nutrition, are refreshing to eat, and add color to a salad, side dish, or drink. Use them for a sauce, make some juice or consider all the dessert possibilities. I love to use the arils for infused water. They look like little jewels.
Through the ages, the pomegranate has been a symbol of love, fertility and fruitfulness. Biblical references include pomegranates being known as the fruits the scouts brought back to demonstrate the fertility of the promised land, love symbolism in Song of Solomon, and as embroidered design elements on the hems of the ephods worn by Hebrew high priests.
Thank you Lord for blessing us with this tree!