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Citrus sinensis 'Cara Cara'

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Cara Cara
Additional cultivar information: (aka Red Navel)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jdfergason On Sep 22, 2012, jdfergason from Tucson, AZ wrote:

One of the most delicious oranges I have ever tasted.

Positive CoreHHI On Nov 7, 2009, CoreHHI from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

These are hardy for me in zone 9a. I grow them in full sun and no problems except leaf miners came after it this year ever time a new flush of leaves came out. I'm putting a picture up and will put a few more when the fruit is ripe. Mine are not variegated BTW.

Neutral fionacox On Jul 30, 2006, fionacox from Gilbert, AZ wrote:

My 'Cara Cara' was purchased from home Depot and it was in afternoon shade in a pot for a year and did wonderfully. When I planted it in mostly sun with a bit of shade it burned. After watching it shrivel up for two weeks I dug it out and put it back in a pot in mostly shade and it has just about recovered. This plant prefers shade. We live in zip code 85234 and the sun is harsh.

Positive jcangemi On Mar 6, 2005, jcangemi from Clovis, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a wonderfully flavored orange with sections slightly darker pink than a pink grapefruit. Highly recommend this orange for back yard orchard.


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

Gilbert, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Cardiff By The Sea, California
Chowchilla, California
Clovis, California
Highgrove, California
Indio, California
Paradise, California
Summerfield, Florida
Natchez, Mississippi
Bluffton, South Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina

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