Punica granatum has been cultivated as a fruit for thousands of years and feature in many tomb paintings from ancient Egypt. They have been used medicinally, for ceremonial purposes and simply as a nutritious fruit through many an ancient civilisation. Whatever their history might be pomegranates remain excellent fruit subjects for the modern day garden.
They grow easily in full sun and enjoy rather dry and cold climatic conditions. The dense, twiggy shrubs or small trees are deciduous to semi-evergreen depending on climatic conditions. In large gardens they are good hedges or screen plants that still produce fruit. Fruits ripen in autumn.