Citrus Tree Selection
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What are Citrus Trees?
What is the difference between citrus vs. fruit trees? Citrus trees are fruit trees, but fruit trees are not citrus. That is, the fruit is the seed bearing part of the tree that is usually edible, colorful and fragrant. It is produced from a floral ovary after fertilization. Citrus refers to the shrubs or trees of the family Rutaceae.
Citrus Growing Requirements
None of the citrus tree varieties enjoy wet roots. All require excellent drainage and, ideally, sandy loam soil, although citrus can be grown in clay soils if irrigation is managed well. While citrus trees tolerate light shade, they will be more productive when grown in full sun. Young trees should have suckers pruned out. Mature trees need little to no pruning except to remove diseases or damaged limbs.
Types Of Citrus Trees We Offer
Orange | Tangelo
Minneola (Honeybell) (Dec – Jan)
Honeybell citrus trees produce a sweetly tart fruit called a tangelo, a cross between a tangerine and grapefruit. The fruit of the Honeybell has a distinctive neck that gives it a bell shape. Producing fragrant white blooms that attract honeybees.
Navel (Nov – Jan)
You’ll wish that heavenly fragrance would hang around a lot longer, but it must leave to produce your oranges. Select an open full sun spot that will let your new Navel Orange tree mature to it’s full size. Also Great For Pots on your Lanai.
Red Navel (Nov – Jan)
Luscious red flesh and spicy sweet flavor make this one truly unique. They may look like our seedless Navel Oranges on the outside, but inside they’re a deep gorgeous red-filled with spicy sweet nectar. Fabulous in fruit salads, a special gift for orange lovers of all ages.
Parson’s Brown (Oct – Dec)
Parson Brown an early orange of Florida, it is widely planted in Florida. It ripens in October and November. It is rounded and somewhat oblong, medium to large, the skin is yellow orange to yellow, medium to large juice sacs with abundant juice. the acidity and sweetness is not usually well balanced unless picked quite early.
Valencia (March – May)
Even though the fruit is deliciously sweet and completely ripe, Valencia oranges may occasionally “regreen” in warm weather. When the fruit ripens on the tree, it turns a bright orange color, as usual. But the warm temperatures of the season may make the skin reabsorb chlorophyll as it hangs on the tree, causing a ripe orange to look partly green.
Key Lime (All Year)
Key lime trees are small, rarely growing taller than 13 feet and equally wide. While the tree may flower and produce fruits throughout the year, the main harvest is in the early fall. The limes are 1 1/2 inches in diameter, with a thin rind and an acidic, flavorful flesh.
Key Limequat (All Year)
Limequats is a hybrid of a lime and a kumquat. The fruit are about 2 inches long and round. They have a thin yellow-greenish rind and have a light yellow skin. Limequats are great fruit for Garnishing Drinks or adding flavor to meats and fish. Great Tree for growing indoors on your patio.
Persian (June – Jan)
The Persian Lime is a heavy bearer of juicy, lemon sized fruit in winter to early spring. This lime variety needs little heat to ripen, making it an excellent choice for backyard plantings or in containers. The limes turn to a pale yellow at full maturity, and have thin, smooth rind. Works great as a patio plant.
Red Lime (Rangpur)
This Lime gives traditional cocktails a new twist. An exotic species of lime is being grown in the UK for the first time – and it’s bright red. The striking fruit, dubbed the Red Lime, is the same size and shape as the usual green variety. However, it combines orange and sour lime flavors – making it the ideal addition to marmalade, Tequila and other drinks.
An evergreen tree with mildly fragrant, dark green foliage that serves as a glossy background for the more aromatic, purple-tinged white flowers, Tahiti lime is also called Persian lime and Bearss lime. Fruit may appear on the tree year around in mild climates, but the main crop is produced in late winter or early spring.
Flame (Nov – March)
The Red Flame is a seedling of ‘Ruby Red,’ and relatively new, It is a large grower, offers the dark red coloring of the ‘Star Ruby’ and also is more cold hardy and easier to grow. Fruit ripen in winter and early spring and holds very well on the tree much later, though internal color fades.
Ruby Red (Nov – May)
Ruby Red grapefruit trees are an excellent choice for your back yard, growing to 10 to 20 feet. Ruby Red is practically maintenance free. They produce large, thick-rinded, yellow fruit with a pink blush. The fruit is bright-red, juicy and tart, with only a few seeds. Fruit gets sweeter in hot weather. Your home orchard needs one of these easy-care trees.
Ray Ruby (Jan – March)
Seedless red grapefruit that is slightly lighter than the Flame. The Ray Ruby holds its color late into the season.The fruit has an exceptionally intense dark red, seedless interior and sweet flavor with very little bitterness. The rind is smooth and yellow with blush pigmentation.
Hirado Buntan (Nov – Jan)
Pink colored flesh. Very low acid; tastes like sweet, mild grapefruit. Dessert or salad fruit; peel used for marmalade or candied dipped in chocolate; Chinese cooking. Fruit: Biscuit shaped with very thick, pudgy, yellow, smooth rind. Tree size: 10 – 50 ft. Cold tolerant.
Kumquats have a very distinctive taste. It is the only citrus fruit that can be eaten “skin and all.” The peel is the sweetest part and can be eaten separately. The pulp contains the seeds and juice, which is sour. When eaten together, you get a sweet and sour taste which is unlike anything else. The seeds, however, should not be eaten.
Meiwa kumquats are more round in shape and are often referred to as “sweet kumquats”. They have few seeds and are best eaten whole. While they are very good to eat, it is not recommended that you use them for cooking or for marmalade as they lack the tartness of the Nagami kumquats.
The Nagami or Oval Kumquat is the most common variety in the United States.They can be grown throughout Florida, but produce larger and juicier fruit when grown in the sandy soils on the hills of eastern Pasco County in central Florida.
Dancy (Dec – Feb)
The Dancy Tangerine has a loose skin that is easily peeled. It has a tasty red-orange fruit that ripens in winter. The fruit is rich and flavorful with a slight tartness to it. The Dancy is also called the Christmas Tangerine because its ripening season is during the months of December and January.
Ponkan (Nov – Jan)
The Ponkan Tangerine is an alternate bearer so every other year it will produce plentiful fruit. It is a medium sized upright tree and will grow vigorously. The Ponkan Tangerine tree will attract the North American giant swallowtail butterfly which uses it and other citrus trees for food in the larval stage.
Murcott (Jan – March)
The Honey Tangerine, which is also known as the Murcott Tangerine, has an orange-yellowish color and may have some specks of green color. The juicy red interior has a sweet, honey flavor and some seeds. They have a smooth, easy-to-peel skin and are in season from January through March.