Another gem from Dr. Gregory Levin’s research station in Turkmenistan, Sirenevyi produces beautiful speckled fruit that ranges from pink to red to tan with dark red almost purple arils. It has very soft seeds and a sweet, almost spicy flavored juice. Like many of Dr. Levin’s Russian varieties Sirenevyi is shockingly cold hardy, performing well in zone 7 with some rumored success in protected areas in zone 6. Fruit ripens mid/late season, but it’s well worth taking your chances on in a cooler climate.
Latin Name: Punica granatum
Site and Soil: Likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile
Hardiness: Hardy to 5º F or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: Can reach up 10-12 ft. in height.
Taste: Soft seeds, sweet, almost spicy juice
Fruit Skin: Pink, red, and tan speckled fruit
Fruit Flesh: Dark red to purple
Bloom Time: June-July
Ripening Time: Late fall
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Pomegranates are not generally bothered by pests or diseases in our climate.
USDA Zone: 7-10