|Pomegranates in North Texas|
Question: 1) Does Pomegranate grow well in Dallas, Texas?
Tho - Dallas Texas
Answer:Not really, in my opinion. I do not recommend them for your area. There are several issues of concern - any of which could cause disappointment.
First is winter cold. Most pomegranates, when fully dormant will survive your normal winter cold. Notice I said "fully dormant" and "normal" winter cold. I have seen the most damage to a pomegranate when spring is starting, the pomegranate softens, buds swell or even start to leaf and then a frost comes in to do the damage. In our climate, this is rare, but in your climate, it happens much more often. It is for this reason I do not recommend our great Angel Red® Pomegranate since I have seen it have more problems with late frosts than others. Most dormant pomegranates can withstand winter cold to around 10 degrees F. On given years, you can get colder and for longer than normal (like last winter). Those years may cause plant loss.
Second is length of season. Most pomegranates ripen in October in hot desert like conditions where spring starts in late February and March and really begins to get cold in October or late September. Your season is much shorter. I noticed that Texas A&M's Agricultural Extension Service in Tarrant County recommends pomegranates as an ornamental shrub (with occasional fruit)(Recommended Plants for North Texas) but does not have a fruiting pomegranate on their recommended fruit tree list (Tarrant County Fruits, Nuts and Berries). Is this because of a season too short for the fruit? I do not live in Dallas so do not have personal experience here.
Third is fungal diseases brought on by humid weather. The further east, the wetter and larger the problem. And pomegranates will split apart if it gets rain late in the season as the fruit is maturing. You can still make juice from it but doesn't look very attractive.
Fourth is well drained soils. Pomegranates are desert loving, drought tolerant plants. They absolutely will not like being planted in overly wet, poorly drained soils.
So, I do not recommend pomegranates in your area. If you are willing to plant a pomegranate with the understanding that your climate has issues that can disappoint you, you might try Wonderful (large and best known), Austin (Syrian pomegranate which has worked well in Austin, TX and places further northwest), Grenada (month earlier for shorter season but smaller than Wonderful) and Utah Sweet (pale pink from Southern Utah area - being slightly more cold tolerant).
I do not have any nurseries immediately in your areas carrying the pomegranates because of the reasons above. Closest by car would be Temple, Georgetown, Austin or areas further south or mail order.