The Pomegranate, Punica granatum, is a native of S.W. Asia but has been cultivated in southern Europe for a very long time.
It is one of a very small genus that comprises only two species and it is this one that is in general cultivation. It naturally makes a large shrub or small bushy tree. Having grown by man for centuries it is naturalised is the warmer parts of Europe where it often seen as a dense hedge. Plants that make hedges generally also make good bonsai. Whilst it flowers quite readily in the UK. in order to produce much in the way of fruit and certainly fruit of any size it requires a long hot summer. It is well worth growing as bonsai though just for the showy orange red funnel shaped flowers.
This very well developed example looks like a bonsai product of the far east from the quality of the trunk and branch structure. It is chuhin sized at a height of 43 cm. with branching spreading to 52 cm. Look at that impressive trunk for it’s size, 15 cm. across at soil level the trunk diam. above that is 7 cm. Lots of interesting detail there and viewable from both sides. Quite mature branching with a well balanced canopy that a bit more ramification can only improve, add to all this the anticipation of next years flowering ! The pot is a nice Japanese glazed ceramic 49x21x8 cm.