This subtropical deciduous tree is a wonderful choice for bonsai with its
sophisticated flowering and fruiting qualities. The fascinating aspect of the
Dwarf Pomegranate is that every aspect is the same as a full-grown tree. For
instance, the leaves, flowers, and fruits are identical only miniaturized.
Because of this and its ability to be trained in so many styles, the Dwarf
Pomegranate is a favorite for bonsai enthusiasts. Favorite styles for this tree
include cascade, literati, forest, informal upright, root over rock, twin trunk,
tree on rock, twisting trunk, and windswept. The flowers are a magnificent
orange/yellow color in the shape of trumpets.
The trunk naturally twists, making it perfect for bonsai with the ancient and
gnarled presentation. The leaves of the Dwarf Pomegranate are a deep shade of
green, marbled with bronze. When the tree finishes flowering, the fruit grows,
which are tiny and beautiful red balls the size of golf balls.
The Dwarf Pomegranate prefers hot sunny conditions. The soil for this tree needs
to be kept moist at all times without being too wet. To encourage flowering
shoots, you want to shade the tree and cut back on watering just slightly prior
to the mid-season. However, placing the Dwarf Pomegranate in a sunny spot where
it can be protected from frost is what makes it happiest.
The Dwarf Pomegranate should also be planted in a deep container where the roots
will have room to grow. When wiring this particular bonsai tree, be very careful
in that the branches tend to break easily. Because of the beautiful fruiting,
the Dwarf Pomegranate is a wonderful choice for bonsai.