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Russian 26 Cold Hardy Pomegranate
The most cold and heat tolerant Pomegranate we've ever grown. We know from experience that Russian 26 experiences no damage from freeze damage down to 3 degrees F! It can be safely grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a through 11. Russian 26 is as heat tolerant as it is cold tolerant. Get more details below!

Russian 26 Cold Hardy Pomegranate

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Russian 26 Cold Hardy Pomegranate
Punica granatum 'Russian 26'


USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  None Required  Learn more here
Ripens:  Summer
Pollinators:  Not Required though two plants enhance pollination

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where the Russian 26 Pomegranate is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

The most cold and heat tolerant Pomegranate we've ever grown. We know from experience that Russian 26 experiences no damage from freeze damage down to 3 degrees F! It can be safely grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a through 11. Russian 26 is as heat tolerant as it is cold tolerant.

But the great attributes don't stop with cold hardiness...

In spring, your Russian 26 Pomegranate will produce bright orange single flowers that really light up the garden. This pomegranate is self-pollinating so you only have to plant one. That said, two plants enhances pollination and increases fruit production. The flowers are followed by large, bright orange-red fruit that are filled with delectable, nutrient-packed, dark red seeds that are amazingly sweet - said to be the sweetest of any Pomegranate!


Some History

The original Russian 26 Pomegranate plant was found in the mid-1900's in southern Russia. It got it's name from being the 26th plant in the orchard row, which proved over time to be much more cold hardy than other species in the same orchard. This cultivar produces bright orange-red fruit which is considered to be among the sweetest among the species and among other fruits in general.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 10 feet tall and wide with a naturally rounded shape, the Russian 26 Pomegranate can be grown as a large shrub or lower branches can be removed to form an attractive small tree. Its electric-orange flowers, red fruits, and attractive foliage make the Russian 26 Pomegranate ideal for use as a specimen or in groupings in the ornamental landscape. A fine addition to edible and food gardens, tropical look gardens, and cottage gardens.

Spacing:  8' for solid hedge;  18 feet or more for space between plants 




Cultural Preferences

When planted right, and in the right spot Pomegranates are very easy to grow. 

Soil Preferences:  Though pomegranates will tolerate most any type of average garden soil, as with most other fruit trees, Pomegranate grow best in a deep, loam soil rich in organic matter. Constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. So make sure to plant in a well-drained site. Brief periods of flooding won't cause problems provided the soil is well-draining. If you live in an area that can experience long rainy periods it's best to plant Pomegranate on raised beds or mounds. The soil pH tolerance for Pomegranate is wide as well. They will grow in moderately acid to moderately alkaline soils that range from 4.5 to 8.2 on the pH scale, so pH usually isn't a concern. 

Sun Preferences: The best and most pomegranate fruits will be produced when plants are growing in full sun. However, pomegranate plants that receive a little shade during the hottest part of summer days will still produce good crops.


PLEASE NOTE

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a specific geographic location. The zones are based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. That said, due to that any specific location can experience an unusually cold winter, where temperatures drop below the typical average indicated in the USDA Zone Plant Hardiness Zones data, the zones are not always 100% accurate. Therefore, in USDA Zones 6 and 7 we suggest providing some winter protection for your Russian 26 Pomegranate tree. A heavy layer of mulch will help protect the roots during winter. Planting your Russian 26 on the east side of a home or in a location where it will be sheltered from north and western winds will also help to provide protection during the cool season. 




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Pomegranate bushes or trees.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Fruit Tree
Requires Pollinator?  No, but two plants can enhance pollination
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  10-12'
Growth Habit / Form:  Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Orange
Flowering Period:  Spring
Foliage Color:  Green
Fruit Color:  Orange-red
Fruit Size:  Large
Fruit Taste:  Said to be the sweetest of any pomegranate!
Ripening Period:  Summer
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt, Sand
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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