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Trifoliata Citrus (Poncirus trifoliata)

Perfect rootstock for  all your favourite citrus grafting! Hardy and frost resistant.

Trifoliate Citrus or Hardy Orange is a deciduous thorny shrub or small tree that prefers well drained, acidic soil in a sunny location and grows up to nearly 6m tall. 

This plant blooms in mid-spring and fruit ripens in early fall. Spines are sharp and numerous and are not for high traffic areas. This plant may be pruned into a thick, impenetrable hedge. This plant is an excellent winter character as specimen planting. 

This plant prefers well-drained, acid soil and full sun. It is intolerant of shady siting, is easily transplanted, and has no serious pest or disease problems.

The lemon-like fruit is exceedingly sour and full of seeds. If eaten in large quantities, the high acidity can cause severe stomach pain and nausea. Some people experience minor skin irritation with prolonged contact. While the peel and the pulp can be used to make marmalade, the fruit is often left on the tree to provide beauty well into winter.

Makes an excellent hedge, its thorns deterring entry.  

Plant Care  

Light

Full Sun. Warm, sunny position. Can tolerate shade. 

Water

Does not need much watering except during dry summers. Reasonably drought tolerant.

Soil

Prefers well-drained, acidic soil. Suitable for container growing can be trained like a bonsai.

Fertilizer

General citrus fertilizer applications 4 times a year and some liquid fish fertiliser will give it a boost.

Wind

Hardy

Frost

Hardy to -10c. 

Fruiting

2-3 years from seeds

 

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Michael Smith
Trifoliata Citrus Arrived

Dear Exotica NZ - Amazing service thanks. My plant arrived by courier within a few days. Unbelievably good packaging. Arrived in perfect condition. Thank you so much. Seriously impressed overall. Regards Mike