Ornamental Orange Tree

Gardeners select ornamental trees more for their looks than for their fruit. The smaller orange trees, which commonly grow between 3 and 6 feet tall, can grow outdoors or in containers. Most ornamental orange trees yield bitter or sour fruit, though the trees produce sweeter fruit with age.

  1. Types

    • Some ornamental oranges look similar to the traditional fruit but are lighter in color. Other ornamental oranges, such as the Cidro Digitado, commonly called Buddha's fingers, form carrot or fingerlike segments on the tree.

    Example

    • The calamondin (Citrus mitis) is an ornamental orange tree that blooms long before it bears fruit and is hardy enough to grow in places too cold for traditional orange tress. If you do pull fruit to eat, look for yellowish-orange fruit. If the fruit is too orange, it might be over-ripe and not as tasty.

    Care

    • Prune ornamental orange trees after they bloom to encourage new growth. The exact pruning and blooming time may vary on the species and your locale.

    Considerations

    • Orange trees love the sun and are naturally bushy in their shape. If your tree looks spindly, prune it to allow more light inside the bush and make sure it gets plenty of light. If potted, move it to a bright location or use artificial light during the darker winter months.

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