Punica, Pomegranate 'Wonderful'

Punica granatum

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Punica (PU-ni-kuh) (Info)
Species: granatum (gran-AH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Wonderful


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Prattville, Alabama

Salem, Alabama

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Clovis, California

Fairfield, California

Lower Lake, California

Oxnard, California

Redding, California

Rialto, California

Ripon, California

San Anselmo, California

Temecula, California

West Hollywood, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Gainesville, Florida

Hampton, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Wauchula, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Buford, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Kenner, Louisiana

Florence, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada

Bluffton, South Carolina

Irmo, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina(2 reports)

Austin, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Brownwood, Texas

Cedar Creek, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Grapevine, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Little Elm, Texas

Longview, Texas

Pearland, Texas

Pilot Point, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Whitney, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Hampton, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 24, 2015, greenman62 from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i got a wonderful in a 3 gallon pot
the leaves were yellow and falling off.
i planted it in-ground and gave it fish emulsion and a bit of molasses. i mulched heavily around the base, and also added Diatomaceous Earth, which i think it really liked.
the leaves greened up, and its doing nicely now.
have not had fruit from it yet though.

i have several seedlings of Wonderful
since the tree is not "true to seed" results might not be the same for Wonderful.
They are doing nicely in humid New Orleans
many others say it does not do well in high humidity, but my seedlings are doing well. 1 has fruited (about 7 fruit so far)
1 of them did have skin split after a couple of days of medium to heavy rains.


On May 13, 2012, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Mine did nothing for several years, then last year produced lots of flowers into lots of fruit - big surprise - and we did have a number of really cold snaps that winter. This year, after a warm winter and early spring, I had one bloom at the bottom that fell off. Very unpredictable. Who knows?


On Apr 4, 2012, dfdeaton from Beaumont, TX wrote:

This pom has done great in the Beaumont, TX area, don't know why reports say does not do well in humid climates. I already have blooms and looking forward to fruit this fall.


On Sep 20, 2009, skunkbay from Pilot Point, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

We've had this plant in the ground for about 3 years now and it's growing nicely - about 7' tall and 5' wide with dense foliage. The plant is on the south side of the house. We have a heavy clay alkaline soil which doesn't seem to be a problem. In zone 7b we're pushing the growth limits and have risks of late frosts. The last two years late frosts have killed the new growth, but the plant recovered nicely. Last year we had our first fruit - only 3 but they were great. This year we had no flowers which may have been due to the more severe late frost. I'm purchasing a roll of plastic bubble shipping material and will wrap the plant next spring if there is any hint of a late frost.


On Feb 13, 2009, katiebear from mulege,
Mexico wrote:

This plant grows well here in the sub-tropics.

It grows in soil that is alkaline and salty in spite of reports that it does well in neither.

Beautiful flowers and great fruit to which the many birds do only minimal damage. Highly recommended if your climate is warm enough.


On Feb 9, 2009, LipLock from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I don't know why it says this plant likes acidic soils. It is growing all over in the alkaline soils of Austin. It's a great plant that is fast-growing with showy blooms during most of the summer and delicious fruit.


On Nov 19, 2007, coffeyclatch from Dillwyn, VA wrote:

This has grown for me in central Va. -- it must be hardier than advertised. I have had it for at least three winters. It has died back some under the severest cold. This summer with killing drought and no watering, it thrived and grew a lot. It has yet to bloom, but I love it anyway!!!


On Apr 28, 2007, ManicReality from Houston, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

So far, so good. I have grown pom's before and they did well , up until an ignorant person ran over them with a lawnmower too many times. So Now I have 2 more poms and one less ignorant person, they should do great!


On Aug 3, 2006, OakCreek from Brownwood, TX wrote:

Wonderful variety pomegranate is sensitive to late frosts and is not recommended in zone 7 where there are late frosts. It is a not a good variety in humid areas also. In dry climate zones 8b and higher it does very well and is recommeded for these areas.


On Oct 26, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is the pomegranate that you usually find in the store. It's juice can be enjoyed fresh or used in salads, sauces and jellies. Flowers are red and quite attractive. Bushes are self-fertile and grow well up to zone 8 (and maybe even 7).