The excitement I had about my pomegranate died with the tree. All the anticipation for the first leaf bud to come out slowly faded as I watched the leafless branches tuned brittle. Whatever went wrong, it's ironic that the pear branch that I used to stake it is now growing. The "staked" is now the "stake". :)
Just so you know that was not the last pomegranate tree. I will plant another one again. A better plant material will increase my chance of success.