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Sometimes known as the Trifoliate Orange this was, until recently was botanically known as Citrus trifoliata - yet is in fact not a Citrus! Adding more confusion is the fact that is often used as the rootstock for grafting hybrid Citrus varieties on to.
Commonly found in Korea and China.
Putting all this confusion to one side, this non Citrus Citrus is very much underrated and perfect for growing in the garden throughout the year. It is utterly Winter hardy, withstanding temperatures to as low as -4°F (-20°C).
Grow as a single specimen bush or plant 2 feet (60 cm) apart and grow as a viciously defensive hedge as the plants are covered in large spiteful thorns.
Whichever way you choose to grow your reward will be small (1½" (4 cm) diameter) fruits; though too bitter for most people to eat raw, these are perfect for marmalades and preserves. In effect this is the Crab Apple of the Citrus world - but of course it isn't a Citrus!
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How To Grow Exotic Fruits
Basic guidance on how to plant and growing exotic fruits including Loquats, Citrus, Pinapple Guava's, Olives, Pomegranates and Passion Fruits.
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
An article about growing Citrus Fruits written by Simon Lindley which appeared in the August 2007 edition of Grow It magazine.