Desertnyi Pomegranate Tree (Punica granatum ‘Desertnyi’)

Desertnyi Pomegranate Tree

  • 200 Chill Hours
  • Late Season
  • From the Famed Turkmenistan Collection of Gregory Levin
  • Light Orange Rind, Dark Red Arils
  • Bright Citrusy Flavor
  • Plant Stays Compact for Small Space Gardens
  • Does Very Well in Container Culture
  • Juice the Very Soft Seeds, or Enjoy Fresh
  • Big Red Flowers in Summer
  • Gorgeous, Trumpet-Shaped Blooms
  • Nectar Source for Butterflies and Hummingbirds Galore
  • Long, Lush Leaves are Densely Held
  • Also Serves as a Very Effective Privacy Screen
  • Easy Care
  • Long-Lived
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone

With a storied history, Pomegranates represent the best of humanity. Carefully cultivated for many millennia, these superfruits are an excellent way to enjoy more antioxidants in your diet.

These days, more people are building out Edible Landscapes. There is a huge resurgence of interest in growing fruiting plants to augment your supply of extremely fresh fruits and vegetables.

Frankly, Desertnyi Pomegranate tree (Punica granatum ‘Desertnyi’) makes it easy! These compact, shrubby plants can be grown in the ground in USDA Growing Zones 7 – 10.

Everywhere else? Grow them in containers or grow bags.

Harvest the orange-skinned superfruit in late fall. Cut and quarter them for easy access to the deep red arils.

Like a Blood Orange, Desertnyi looks incredible on a plate. Gift yourself and your loved ones this incredible epicurean experience.

Grow your own beautiful Pomegranate tree and enjoy a bumper crop of organic superfruit…without the grocery-store prices. Desertnyi has a well-balanced flavor with a delectable hint of orange.

These thin-skinned fruits make it easy to access the edible arils inside. Very soft and sweet with just the right zip of citrus, press the Desertnyi seeds for juice.

Reduce the juice into a syrupy “molasses” for a signature cocktail. Sprinkle the showy seeds over salads.

Or spend some time delving into the intricate fruit for an incredibly healthy fresh snack. (Call it an exercise in mindfulness!)

The ornamental aspects are a beautiful bonus. Big, bold blooms of scarlet red cover the plants in summertime.

These trumpet-shaped flowers act as a clarion call for jewel-toned hummingbirds and butterflies in your neighborhood. Of course, they also make your patio look like a million bucks!

This special variety also has a poignant story of survival. Desertnyi is a selection from the Turkmenistan collection of world-famous wild Pomegranates. It was thankfully rescued during the fall of the Soviet Union by the persistence of hybridist Dr. Gregory Levin.

From over 1700 painstakingly collected varieties, only 90 remain in the hands of Universities in Israel and the United States. This treasure is an incredibly worthy variety to include in your backyard orchards.

How to Use Desertnyi Pomegranate in the Landscape

One bite of the fruit with its excellent sweet-tart balance with citrus overtones; and you’ll bless the courage of the hybridist, Gregory Levin. This exceptional fruit truly is a real dessert treat.

In the landscape, grow them as a bush with the lower limbs kept on. You’ll get fruit, flowers and a fabulous sense of privacy with the lush foliage.

Trim the lower branches back to the main branch for a sturdy little tree-form. They’ll become a delightful focal point.

Why not add a few to an outdoor Meditation Garden or Children’s Garden? They will look so sweet in a little row, or as part of an informal grouping.

If your winters are warm enough, the beautiful foliage may remain evergreen. Expect to see leaves drop and cycle periodically in a two-year cycle.

If your winters are cold, grow them in large pots or grow bags. Use a wheeled plant caddy underneath to make it a breeze to move it to a sheltered spot in wintertime.

They will go dormant over the winter, and need to be kept in a cool, bright place like a sunroom or greenhouse. Keep them on the dry side, don’t let them freeze, and allow them to lose their leaves.

A single Desertnyi Pomegranate will produce fruit. However, as with most self-pollinating plants, you’ll get a much larger fruit set with more than one variety nearby.

Add the early harvest of Tom’s Red Pomegranate for fresh fruit over a longer season. Our expert fruit growers take great pride in delivering commercial orchard-grade plant material to home gardens across the United States.

Tips for Care

Desertnyi Pomegranate plants need full sunlight to partial shade. Ensure they receive at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

Plant in well-drained soils that dry out rapidly after rainfall. Elevate your plant in a raised bed or container if you have poorly drained soils.

Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over the root system. Pull it back away from the trunk by several inches for air circulation.

Apply water on an even, regular schedule until the roots are well established. An uneven application of water can result in split fruit.

Keep the soil evenly moist, never wet. Once the plant is established, it can survive periodic drought.

However, container plants need careful water their whole life. During dormancy, water once a month at most, and ensure the excess water drains quickly.

Prune in late winter to eliminate crossing branches. At that time, open the canopy up to sunlight and good air circulation.

Apply organic fertilizer for fruiting plants. Follow the directions on the package for both timing and application rates.

How many millions of people have enjoyed homegrown pomegranate before you? Take your part in history by growing this historical variety.

Desertnyi Pomegranate Tree (Punica granatum ‘Desertnyi’) Details

Common name Desertnyi Pomegranate Tree
Botanical name Punica granatum 'Desertnyi'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 7-10
Growth rate Medium
Height 15 - 20 ft.
Width 15 - 18 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Orange