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PlantFiles: Ichang Papeda
Citrus ichangensis

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: ichangensis (ee-CHAN-gen-sis) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Provides winter interest

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral gooley On Mar 26, 2009, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I haven't grown this plant. I'm told that it is much hardier than indicated here: zone 7a? 6b? It's perhaps the hardiest species of the genus Citrus. Might make a good marmalade or candied peel, and possibly the leaves could be used as a substitute for those of kaffir lime in cooking: most citrus leaves can be, but this species is classified as being in the same sub-genus as kaffir lime.

Positive seaspur On Feb 12, 2005, seaspur from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Planted small tree 1997 in part-sun, part-shade location, very sandy soil, under fertilized. Some light fruiting each year. But this year over 30 fruits on a seven-foot tree. Looked like a Christmas tree with large capped yellow balls. Thick rind, very little almost dry pulp, large seeds.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Sarasota, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Carrboro, North Carolina
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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