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Trifoliate orange - Poncirus trifoliata (latin)

Area of origin: China
Adult dimensions: height up to 4 m, width up to 3 m
Foliage: deciduous
Soil type: Humus rich, light and well-drained, avoid heavy soils
Hardiness: Hardy to -15°C
Exposure: Full sun

Characteristics and uses:
The Trifoliate orange, also known as the Chinese bitter orange, is a fairly cold-hardy citrus, which is quite rare for this variety, and it tolerates temperatures down to -15°C. It is often grafted onto other citrus trees, and it produces a beautiful and fragrant white blossoming at the end of spring. The flowers are followed by lemon-like fruits, ripening to yellow in autumn. They can be eaten cooked in dishes or in marmalade.
Apart from its cold-hardiness and its use as a rootstock, this bush can be planted alone or in a hedge as it makes an excellent barrier due to its strong, sharp thorns.

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