Ok – so I admit I like to try things. When I heard there was a pomegranate called Angel Red that could survive to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, produces fruit early, and has soft seeds, I just had to try it. So I got the smallest (i.e. cheapest) pomegranate I could buy when I put in an order for some other fruit trees I was purchasing about 3 years ago. I planted the tree in a non-sheltered site – I was sure it was going to die and I didn't want it to lose time doing so!
Where I live in Potomac MD, the lowest winter temperature for those three years was in the low teens, then 3 degrees, and this year 1 degree. I do admit I covered the little pomegranate with a thick row cover when then temperatures were going very low. Each year there has been minimal to no die-back.
Checking it this week, I did a few tests to see how green or brown the wood is. Even at the tips of the tree it still looks green and alive!
Does anyone in Maryland grow these? I would love to hear about it!