Please note, orders for potted plants will be shipped starting September 12.
Orange, Bitter (Poncirus trifoliata), potted tree, organic
$15.00 – $40.00
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 tree in a 3 inch pot, certified organically grown