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Citrus Trees. Citrus genus.

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Lemon Tree. Citrus Trees. Citrus genus. Non - Xeriscape. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.
Lemon Tree, In Glendale Arizona, March 21, 2003.

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Lemon Tree BlossomLemon Tree Blossom
Lemon Blossom.
All Citrus Blooms
About Same Time.
March 15th - April 15th.
Lemon Blossom
Lemon Trees
Usually Bloom First!
Naval Orange Tree BlossomNaval Orange Tree Blossom and Bee
Naval Orange Blossom.
Citrus Provides
Large Amounts Of Nectar.
Producing
Great Quanities Of Honey.
Bees Gather Nectar
From Base Of Flowers.
Naval Orange Blossom.
Lime Tree BlossomGrapefruit Tree Blossom
Lime Blossoms.Grapefruit Blossom.
Pure Citrus Honey
Is Clear Like Water.
It Takes On The Exact Flavor
Of The Citrus It Comes From.
Tangerine TreeTangerine Blossoms
Tangerine Tree.Tangerine Blossoms.

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Citrus Trees.
Citrus sinensis, Citrus reticulata, Citrus limon, Citrus paradisi, Citrus hystrix Rutaceae Family ( Rutaceae ), Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime.

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Citrus is a common term and genus (Citrus) of flowering plants in the rue family, Rutaceae. Citrus is believed to have originated in the part of Southeast Asia bordered by Northeastern India, Myanmar (Burma) and the Yunnan province of China. Citrus fruit has been cultivated in an ever-widening area since ancient times; the best-known examples are the oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and limes.

From China, it was brought to India and then the Middle East and Europe at some point in time before the birth of Christ. It was then brought by Columbus to the Americas.

Citrus Trees, Just about every yard in Yuma, Maricopa, Pinal and Mohave counties has one! While they are not native to Arizona, there are enough of these plants in our area that we are placing this page devoted to all citrus on our Plants Of Arizona Web Site. This page is not intended to give a completed discussion concerning citrus production, there are already many pages on that subject available on the internet. If you have specific concerns we do offer a book on citrus production through Amazon.com, available from a link on our web page.

Citrus production in Arizona is basically limited to the areas in Yuma, Maricopa, Pinal and Mohave counties that are relatively frost-free, where sufficient inexpensive water is available. Land is sometimes taken out of citrus production and converted to cotton, grain or vegetable production because of the greater economic returns. Very high urban encroachment has also limited citrus production.

The most economically damaging insect pest of Arizona citrus is called Citrus Thrips. On fruit, the citrus thrips punctures epidermal cells, leaving scabby, grayish or silvery scars on the rind.

The Texas citrus mite is also a common pest of citrus occurring throughout Arizona. This mite primarily feeds on the upper surface of leaves and is prevalent from February to May under cool temperatures, but will disappear with the onset of high temperatures. Feeding can cause leaf discoloration, and under high populations, they will often move to the fruit where feeding may result in rind scarring. If you look at the two photos of the Lemon Tree Blossoms, you will see evidence of this mite on the leaves.

There are many other pests that can attack the Citrus Trees in Arizona and in other states.

Citrus trees are typically propagated by growing a select variety on top of a rootstock variety. There are two reasons for doing this. The first reason is that a tree grown from a seed will not produce fruit that tastes like that of its mother or father tree. It is likely that it will be inferior, since select varieties are products of thousands of years of breeding. Also, a seedling tree would take much longer to start producing fruit. The second reason is that certain trees are better adapted to growing in certain types of soils. For example, a sweet orange tree would grow poorly in Arizona soil. So, rather than grow a sweet orange tree directly in the soil a grower takes a sour orange variety, which does well in this soil, and attaches a sweet orange variety to the top of it. Since the lower part of the tree ends up being the roots it is called a "rootstock".

The best time to plant citrus trees in Arizona is in September, which gives them a good start for the next year. Citrus trees typically take 2 years after planting to start producing regardless of the size of the tree when planted. The amount of time is also dependant on the variety as well as how healthy the tree is. I do not recommend transplanting older trees.


Here are some links to the Nature Hills Nursery; where you can order some of their very high quality Citrus Trees. If you click, there is no obligation to buy! You will leave delange.org. NOTE: These are High Quality Speciality Trees. They are not usually found at the typical Big Box Stores!

Grapefruit - Oro Blanco - $129.90

Sweet, Juicy White Grapefruit The Oro Blanco Grapefruit is a popular, nearly seedless, grapefruit hybrid. It is thick skinned with white flesh. The fruit is produced from huge fragrant blossoms and large glossy-green foliage. As with many white fruits, the Oro Blanco's flesh is sweet and lacks any of the typical bitterness of a grapefruit. Oro Blanco is Spanish for white gold and is a vigorous, spreading tree with a fantastic tasting grapefruit. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for up to a month. Dwarf citrus trees can be successfully grown in containers throughout the United States. Allow for a few years of growth, so that you are not repotting every spring. Citrus do not need to be pruned, but you could prune them if they get too big and in the way. You Get large, Well Established Trees! These trees are a minimum three years old, have extensive branching and some of the largest root systems available. We take pride in delivering you the highest quality citrus trees with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage. If you live in a colder climate, simply plant them in a container. Bring your tree indoors near a sunny window, and let the intoxicating citrus scent brighten your home during cold winter days. * Fragrant Blooms * Nearly Seedless Fruit* Sweet Flavor* Grow them indoors & out

Tangerine - Dancy - $129.90

A Classic American Fruit You know a fruit is good when its been around since 1867. The Dancy Tangerine was bred in Florida just after the Civil War. It was a great fresh fruit then and is still a great fruit to grow. Dancy has juicy and tasty red/orange flesh and it ripens in December, so it is often called the Christmas Tangerine. You wont find this on your supermarket shelf, though. Part of what makes the Dancy so good is also what makes it hard to bring to the mass market. It has a really loose skin that is super easy to peel. Unfortunately, that means that modern equipment bruise and scar the fruit. So, if youd like to taste this little bit of American history, youll need to grow it yourself. Thankfully Nature Hills has got you covered. Like all of our citrus, these trees are a minimum three years old, have extensive branching and some of the largest root systems available. We take pride in delivering you the highest quality citrus trees with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage. If you live in a colder climate, simply plant them in a container. Bring your tree indoors near a sunny window, and let the intoxicating citrus scent brighten your home during cold winter days. Order now before they sell out and enjoy the benefits of growing your own citrus fruit anywhere in the U.S. This bit of history is fun to have all year round! * Perfect for containers* Easy to peel* Juicy fruit


Quick Notes:

Height: 15 - 20 feet with slightly less spread.

Flowers: Flowers are fragrant, White flowers.

Flowering Time: March - April.

Leaves: The leaves are simple, glossy green leaves.

Trunk: Up to 2 feet in diameter.


Fruit: Large, golden yellow - orange skin, except for limes (which can turn yellow). Harvest from mid-December to mid-June.


Found: Native to Pakistan, India, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Australia, and western China.


Hardiness: There are "cold hardy" citrus available that may take lower temperatures.
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Elevation: Can be found from 0 - 1,300 Feet.

Habitat: Orchards and landscaping.Found throughout Yuma, Maricopa, Pinal and Mohave Counties in Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken; April 6, 2003. In Glendale, Arizona.

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