The brilliantly coloured blooms of this shrub can be admired beside Cory Lodge.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is one of only two species of deciduous shrubs with narrow leaves. P. granatum is naturally distributed from south east Europe and south west Asia to Yemen. Though it has attractive flowers it is best known as the source of pomegranates. It can reach up to 6m in height and spread, has glossy foliage and produces funnel-shaped, five-petalled flowers of brilliant orange-red. This double-flowered selection (‘Flore Plena’) has a mass of petals and bears no resemblance to the funnel-shaped flowers of other members of the loosestrife family (Lythraceae), to which it belongs. Though it will grow in our climate it is unlikely to produce edible fruit, preferring warmer conditions to ensure fruits ripen.