While not as common to the American garden as other fruit trees, pomegranate trees grow well in many parts of the United States. Once these trees reach maturity, they produce a delicious fruit that can be eaten fresh, canned, juiced or made into a jam.
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Pomegranate plants reach maturity three to five years after they are planted. While they naturally grow as a bush, they can take the shape of a tree with some pruning. Trees are commonly 12 to 16 feet tall.
While pomegranate trees occasionally produce fruit during their second year, they often experience severe fruit drop for the first few years. They usually produce mature fruit five to seven months after they bloom. The fruit ripens during late summer and early fall.
According to the California Rare Fruit Growers' website, pomegranate trees have been known to the live for over 200 years. However, they often become less hearty after 15 years of growth.
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