How to grow Poncirus trifoliata

Poncirus trifoliata growing tree or shrub of the genus Poncirus also known as Trifoliate orange,  Poncirus trifoliata grow as perennial deciduous used more as ornamental thorny plant, it can grow in tropical, subtropical, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 6+.

Flower color white, flowers grow in clusters.

Poncirus trifoliata fruit

Fruit size ~3-5 cm and color is yellow, the inner fruit divided by segments the segment cover with layer, the taste is sour remind lemon tree to bitter orange tree.

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How to grow growing Poncirus trifoliata care:

Slightly acid soil

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Thorns, invasive

Planting season:
Spring / Autumn

Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis

Pruning season:
Spring / Summer

How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much density

Size of the plant?
3-8 m, 10-24 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Spring, summer

General information about the flower
White flowers

Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
The first years should thinning the flowers,

Pollination is done by:

Edible fruits

When does it yield:
Autumn, winter

Fruits pests or diseases:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria

What can be done with big quantities of Trifoliate orange fruit?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind

Work requirements on the fruit:
pick up (sometimes cut brunches that grow into the fruit)

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Ripening of fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house

Scientific name:

Poncirus trifoliata

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

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Plant life-form

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Planting season

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Watering plants

Hardiness zone