The Rogue Valley climate allows us to get away with growing Pomegranates; with the possibility of getting fruit! Unlike the Pacific Northwest, which generally doesn't get enough heat to ripen Pomegranates, Pomegranates will thrive in our longer, hot summers. We also usually don't get cold enough to damage them so give this Persian fruit a try! They thrive in a hot, dry, and ideally protected spot (to make sure the fruit ripens) and the tropical looking bright orange flowers add an unusual element to any garden. Against a south facing wall is best. We have seen some old specimens in Ashland and Central Point so we know once established they will make it through most any winter. The key is to protect them if it gets below 20 degrees the first couple of winters. Once established, a severe cold snap can kill them to the ground - however they regrow quickly from the roots. Pomegranates have narrow, bright green leaves turning golden in the fall and frilly, saturated orange/red blooms. Pomegranates make a great landscape plant even if you don't get fruit. The fruit usually ripens in September or October. You can grow them as a large shrub or small multi or single trunk tree; maybe getting to 15' at maturity. They can be quite drought tolerant once established. They are self-fertile and the nutritional benefits of pomegranates are well known. Ask Scott if you want to know more- he is obsessed!