Punica granatum 'PIIPG-I' (Purple Sunset™)

Purple Sunset™ Pomegranate

Fruit and seeds

Fruit and seeds


Patents: PP#21031

Family: Lythraceae

Genus: Punica

Parent: Punica granatum

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7(8) to 10

Size: 3 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Compact habit, small, lustrous foliage, bright orange flowers and purple fruits. Well-drained soil.

Plants have flower buds, flowers and fruit at the same time, giving a colorful display of orange and purple. Primarily an ornamental plant in the landscape or in containers.


From patent application (inventor = Michael Dirr) filed in September 2008:

The cultivar originated from open-pollination of Punica granatum 'Nana' (unpatented) in Watkinsville, Ga., and was selected from the progeny seedlings of this pollination by continued evaluation for fruit color and growth habit, and improved leaf and flower characteristics.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

Finally purchased from Dr. Dirr on a field trip to Plant Introductions in May 2010. I had heard about the plant a year earlier and had been wanting one ever since. In January Dr. Dirr told me I would be able to buy it at Home Depot. Not at any of the ones in the CSRA! Once in the ground (near the helipad hoping for some winter protection from the house) the plant took off. It has doubled in size, fruited and flowered in two separate phases within the first 5 months. We had several very cold spells in late November and early December (below 20F) and the leaves started to yellow and then fall. It looked straggly for the rest of the winter but leafed out again in spring and flowered and fruited in summer.

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