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Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange

Poncirus trifoliata


The species name trifoliate comes from the leaf shape of having three oval leaflets, dark green in color at the end of each green, twisted stem. Unlike plants of the citrus genus, these hardy oranges are deciduous in nature, and the fruits have a fuzzy down on the outside of the skin, much like a peach. Produces small bitter, orange like fruit that can be used for marmalade.


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“Flying Dragon” came to the U.S. in 1915 and has always been somewhat of an oddity. The twisted, contorted branches are very dramatic and the winter effect is the most appealing since you can really see the structure of the plant. “Flying Dragon” is a slower grower than the species and has a smaller footprint maturing at 6 feet by 6 feet in size. Again, this cultivar has been used as a rootstock to provide a dwarfing effect to citrus trees in the landscape.

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Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Jul 23, 2013

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