• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible
    Blooms:
    Early spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus si-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Citrus
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design IdeasDwarf trees like this one beg for smaller plants to accent their form without overwhelming them. Use this dwarf Citrus in a container or in an informal row planting.
    Companion PlantsAs a nice contrast, try the bronzy red new foliage of Teenie GenieTM Miniature Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia 'Nanum') along with Dwarf False Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Compacta'), with its rose-purple blooms. To add lightness, try Variegated Miniature Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans Variegata'), a pretty, small-scale groundcover featuring fragrant white flowers and green foliage with creamy white margins.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The entire genus, Citrus, can be traced back to its land of origin in Southeast Asia, India, southern China and Malaysia. Arab traders were the first to bring oranges out of Asia and in the 12th century they introduced it into Spain. This variety was developed early on in Valencia Spain as well as Portugal. It was imported into Mexico and then the California missions where it was proven early on to be compatible with the west coast climate.
    Lore:
    This is the most widely cultivated commercial orange in California and the best for the home landscape.