Plants ordered today will ship in 2 to 3 weeks.

Orange, Bitter (Poncirus trifoliata), potted seedling, organic

$15.00

Family:  Citrus (Rutaceae)

Hardy to Zones 6-9.

(Bitter Orange, Hardy Orange, Trifoliate Orange, Japanese Orange)  Thorny deciduous shrub growing to 9 feet tall, native to E. Asia, China and Korea.  The plants grows well in full sun to part shade, preferring loose, sandy soils of medium moisture and tolerant of both acidic and alkaline pH.  This is the most cold-hardy of all the fruit-bearing citrus trees.  We use the juice of the oranges just as one would use lemon, for making lemon-tahini dressing for our salads.  The fruits ripen very late in the year, and our first harvest generally occurs around Halloween.  Dried peel of bitter orange is an ingredient in many herbal teas and makes a consummate after-dinner aperitif.  Traditional use of dried bitter orange peel (TCM, TWM): Aromatic digestive bitter.  Bitter orange is extraordinarily thorny and makes an ornamental and very effective barrier hedge.  The plant is also used as rootstock for grafting oranges, lemons and limes, conferring cold and disease resistance.  The trees are about a foot tall.  Unless spacing closely for a hedge, space trees 15 feet apart.

Potted seedling in a 3 inch pot, certified organically grown

In stock

Share your thoughts!

Let us know what you think...

What others are saying

  1. Question

    Tim Child (verified owner)

    I have been considering adding calcium to the ground around this type of tree during bloom time to see if it would make the fruit more sweeter or just bitter-sweet. Is there any harm in doing that?

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      there is no harm

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  2. Question

    Tim Child (verified owner)

    Is there any more information that you can give as far as growth, fruiting, and harvest goes?

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      They make a rather short tree/bush, fruit summer to early winter, and harvest is standard method for citrus fruits but watch out for the thorns.

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • trina

      I have made amazing bitters from them!

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Ruth

      Do you need two of these for pollination to produce fruit?

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Poncirus trifoliata is self-fertile but all trees do better when they can partner up for cross-pollination. I planted 3 on my land and get voluminous fruiting. I recommend planting in 3’s. r

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

×

Login

Register

A password will be sent to your email address.

Continue as a Guest

Don't have an account? Sign Up