The Versatile Pomegranate Tree (or Espalier, Shrub, Hedge, or Container Plant)
The pomegranate can play many roles in your edible landscaping Pretty in three seasons, you'll enjoy its shiny leaves and crinkly red-orange flowers in spring, and uniquely shaped rosy fruits in summer and fall. * Prune it as a single-trunk or multi-trunk tree * Train it along a sunny fence or wall as an espalier * Plant it in a large container * Let it follow its own course as a shrub * Grow a useful, fruitful hedge Left to their own devices, pomegranates want to be shrubs, but with their narrow branches they can be trained and pruned into other shapes. Gardeners rejoice at the prospect of a fruitful plant that doesn't need major pruning. Traditional fruit trees are grand but there's annual work in managing a classical orchard of apples, peaches, and pears. With shrubby producers like pomegranates you can intervene by quickly removing suckers and doing some thinning, and save most of your pruning time for the trees that really require it. However you train it, you'll have a hummingbird magnet in the springtime.