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PlantFiles: Sweet Orange, Navel Orange
Citrus sinensis

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RosemaryK On Nov 15, 2014, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have purchased a Tiger orange tree to grow indoors. In the public orangeries they really stand out with their variegated leaves and striped fruit. I'm pretty sure this must be the species, but does anyone know the cultivar? The answer is probably proprietary.

Neutral jadewolf On Jul 3, 2005, jadewolf from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Well, as far as citrus goes.. I have rather mixed feelings on this particular variety. There are four established and growing in the backyard currently. As with all citrus, you have the constant cleanup duty of collecting and trashing rotten fruit from the yard and running off strangers who hop the fence to collect your oranges. And all of the trees I've got tend to taste somewhat bitter and produce a good deal of damaged fruit (could probably be corrected with proper fertilization and treatment). On the plus side, however, it's a darn hardy tree and has survived hurricanes and other foul weather without much disturbance. And the fruit does make a decent orange juice if mildly sweetened. Also pretty good for inclusion in sauces. =)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Rockledge, Florida (2 reports)
Ruskin, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Chauvin, Louisiana
Natchez, Mississippi
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Houston, Texas

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