These are new for us here and we really enjoy growing them. The Maryland climate seems to make them very happy. From what we’ve heard, it takes 5-7 years before the trunks naturally start to twist. They can trunk up quickly if provided adequate water during hot months and fertilized. Taken from cuttings off a famous Japanese import that resides on the east coast; they have then been grown for 1-2 years at Kaede Bonsai-en, these trees are well established in 2 1/4" containers.
Common Name: Japanese Pomegranate
Latin Name: Punica Granatum Nejikan
Native to: Originally thought to be a Mediterranean tree, they are cultivated all over the world.
Climate: They seem to love warmer and more moderate climates. They can be grown in colder areas of the country but must be given winter protection. Here in Maryland (zone 7b) we keep them in an unheated poly tunnel and they do just fine. Locally some bonsai enthusiasts grow them outside year around but near their home foundation in the ground.
Care: Pomegranates like free draining soil, plenty of water when the roots fill the pot, and on the side of more sun than less compared to other leafy trees.
Size: 4-10 inches tall. Trunks vary. Pictures are examples of the tree in the fall of 22’, summer foliage from 22’, and the mother tree these cuttings were taken from.
Notes: This is a deciduous tree and therefore will not have foliage during the winter.