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Hardy Orange

Rare and unusual; a conversation piece

  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height/Habit: 8 - 20 feet
  • Zone: 5-9
  • Flowering Date: Early to mid spring

We ship this item in Spring

66389-Hardy Orange

1 per pack $19.99

Hardy Orange

A hardy orange? Really, in my Midwest garden? Yes! This relative of the citrus plant is a favorite of collectors, and can most often be found in public gardens and arboreta. Now it can star in your garden. It's technically a large shrub but is often pruned as a small tree, performing best in sunny, well-drained locations. A classic hedgerow plant, Hardy Orange is virtually impenetrable due to its formidable green thorns, so plant where traffic is minimal. But be sure to pick a spot where the intensely fragrant, orange blossom-like white flowers can be enjoyed in the spring. The fruits (which are not edible) ripen to an attractive yellow in the fall and never fail to elicit comments. An especially effective accent or specimen shrub, it is an interesting and unusual plant, certain to turn heads. Poncirus trifoliata
Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NamePoncirus trifoliata
  • Ships As3" POT
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread6 - 15 feet
  • Spacing6 - 15 feet
  • Hardiness Zone5-9
  • Flowering DateEarly to mid spring
  • Planting InstructionsSet at the same depth is growing at in the container. Firm and water in well
  • Flower Color:white
  • Flower FormWaxy, white star-like flowers up 3/4"across, form large clusters
  • Foliage TypeThick, leathery, glossy leaves 2 - 3" long
  • Soil RequirementA well drained acid soil that is humus enriched
  • PruningPrune as needed after flowering.
  • Unique CharactersticsMissouri Botanical Garden: Poncirus trifoliata, commonly called hardy orange, a citrus relative, is a thorny, well-branched, deciduous shrub or small tree which typically grow 8-15' (less frequently to 20') tall. Three-lobed (trifoliate as per the species name) leaves emerge yellowish-green in spring, turn glossy dark green in summer and fade to yellow in autumn. Spiny, dark green stems. Fragrant, white, 4-7 petaled flowers (to 2" diameter) appear singly in spring. Flowers give way to 1-2.5" diameter fruits (miniature downy hardy oranges) which ripen to an attractive yellow in the fall. Fruits of this citrus relative are edible (lemony flavor), but are very acidic and seedy. Fruits can used to make marmalade (use peel zest and pulp), but are usually left on the tree where they persist well into winter and often provide significant ornamental interest.
  • Shipped3" POT
  • Height/Habit8 - 20 feet
  • Growth RateSlow to moderate once established, which takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks
Shipping Information

When will my order ship?

Orders for in-stock seeds, general merchandise and gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping time frames outlined below:

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

2018 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4B 4/30/18 - 6/8/18
5A-6B 4/30/18 - 6/22/18
7A & 7B 4/2/18 - 6/22/18
8A & 8B 2/19/18 - 5/25/18
9A - 10B 2/12/18 - 5/25/18
Last Order Date Zones 1-4: June 4th, 2018
Zones 5-7: June 18th, 2018
Zones 8-10: May 21st, 2018

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Bare-root perennials, trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant. This promotes optimum transit conditions and success in your garden. In the Fall, these plants tend to arrive at the later end of the shipping window.

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