Pomegranate Trees

Pollinating Pomegranate Trees


snakeskins added on February 4, 2015 | Answered

I did some research of my own about this and I'm now under the impression that all pomegranate "shrubs" can self pollinate. I have a pomegranate shrub of my own and would like to plant another about 10ft. away from it. I saw a few pomegranate trees (not decorative) for sale at a local Walmart and they consisted of a tree formation with a single trunk about a couple feet in length. Can different species of pomegranate trees and shrubs cross pollinate with each other. If so, would this create cross species of pomegranate fruit?

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maryhdyer
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on February 4, 2015

Pomegranates are self-pollinating, but cross-pollination of a second pomegranate tree nearby can increase the fertility of the tree and improve the quality of the fruit.

The second tree should be a different variety, but it must be compatible, meaning that the trees bloom at the same time. A knowledgeable nursery or greenhouse should be able to advise you about suitable trees for cross-pollination.

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