Growing Zones: 5-10 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8 ft. pruned
- Mature Width:
- 5-8 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- November - December
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Citrus trifoliata
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, FL, LA
Cold Hardy Orange that Grows Outdoors in Ohio!
The Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange Tree is one interesting tree! Its twisted stems are contorted in different directions with curved, claw-like thorns, giving the illusion of dragons in flight.
Versatile and alluring year-round. These can be planted as an ornamental tree or a privacy barrier. They also do well in containers, aeven pruned in bonsai fashion. Their design changes from wicked-like in the winter when its large thorns are exposed – to a soft flowering tree in the spring, quickly followed by colorful, fragrant oranges.
Even Colder Climates Can Grow These Oranges
These cold-hardy trees can withstand temperatures as low as -10° so they can be planted as far north as Zone 5.
Like their thorns, they’re a tough plant that does well in both sunny and shady areas. It is drought tolerant, but will require some water during bouts of extra dry weather. As for pruning, little effort is required at all, other than the occasional wayward branch that requires a trim now and then. Otherwise, you'll find this trifoliate is a time-saver since it’s quite easy to manage with little to no maintenance needed.
Best Known For Its Beauty – Not its Bite
Most people incorporate this plant in their landscape for its interesting appearance and citrus fragrance, not necessarily for the edible oranges themselves. While you can eat the oranges, few do because they’re quite tart, and the inside is full of seeds. None-the-less, there are a few ways to make use of the fruit. They’re used in not-sweet marmalade, or as a condiment when dried. You can make juice when they’re picked and stored for two weeks prior to squeezing.
A Hedge that Rivals Barbed Wire
The thorns on this plant are extremely strong and prickly. Growing up to 2” long, they can be quite the deterrent for unwanted guests. Planted in rows around property, or even under windows, they can provide an extra sense of security.
Likewise, the thorns make it rabbit and deer resistant, which is ideal for anyone wanting a stunning, natural border that keeps wildlife at bay.
Capture Your Flying Dragon Tree Now!
For orange trees that put on a spectacular show year-round, you can’t go wrong with the hardy Flying Dragon Trifoiliate Orange Tree!
These show-stopping plants go quickly every year, so be sure to order before we’re out of stock.
Hardy Orange Tree 'Flying Dragon' Pollination
Hardy Orange Tree 'Flying Dragon's are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Hardy Orange Tree 'Flying Dragon' will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Incomparable Autumn color and Winter landscape interest
I bought this plant when it first came on the market. It was tiny and being marketed as a dwarf bonsai-type plant. It was called Montrose's Flying Dragon. We kept it in pots for years and then moved to the landscape. We had no idea it was an orange tree until it matured enough to have identifiable fruit. It is a great all around plant. The thorns are tricky but add to the landscape interest especially in Winter. The plant takes well to pruning and shaping. I will always have at least one of these plants in my garden.
Keeping my fingers crossed
So far so good I kept this tree inside until the ground thawed out. We have clay here so it will be interesting to see how it adjusts. I really hope it adapts well.
Really cool looking tree!
I purchased this tree about a month ago. Already have some new growth on it. One of the coolest looking citrus trees I've seen. Have many different varieties but this is definetly one for the collection! Excited for fruit!
Planting & Care
Location: The Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange Tree grows well in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 to 10. Its stems are covered with exceptionally sharp 2-inch thorns which make it an excellent barrier plant to act as a deterrent to deer, dogs, or other unwanted intruders. The tree’s twisting corkscrew stems and bright orange citrus fruit makes it an excellent garden focal point specimen. It can also be grown in a container beside a patio. Bonsai enthusiasts often use the tree as a bonsai.
The tree reaches a height and width of 15-20 feet when fully grown. When planting as a hedge, space the trees 6 feet apart.
Pollination: Self-fertile, the Flying Dragon Trifoliate does not require a pollinator to produce an ample crop of sour oranges.
Planting Instructions: Choose a planting location in full sun. The tree will tolerate partial shade but its citrus production might be reduced.
The Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange Tree enjoys well-draining soil. It grows in clay, sandy loam, and loam. A drainage test is always useful to determine a good location. Dig a 1 foot by 1 foot hole, fill it with water and wait an hour. If it has fully drained, then the location is good.
Dig a hole that is twice the size of the tree’s root system and just as deep. Place the tree into the hole and carefully backfill, tamping the soil down around the tree’s root system to make sure any air pockets are removed. Water the tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch such as pine needles, bark chips, recycled plastic chunks, or peat moss around the base of the tree to deter weed growth and keep the soil moist. Avoid mulch touching the base of the trunk.
Container Growth: Choose a pot that is at least twice the diameter of the tree's root ball. The pot should have drainage holes in the base to allow the water to flow out of the pot and away from the tree's roots. Fill the base of the pot with 4-inches of potting soil and place the tree into the pot. Place potting soil around the tree's roots and press down firmly to remove air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly. Keep the soil around the tree moist but not overly wet. Place the potted tree in a sunny location.
Watering: Keep the soil around the tree moist but not overly wet to help the tree's roots take hold. Once the Flying Dragon Trifoliate establishes itself, it can typically live on annual rainfall with no supplemental watering required unless a drought occurs.
Fertilizer: Fertilize annually using a 15–5–19 fertilizer formula for the tree divided into three applications per year: 1/2 of the fertilization was applied in July, 1 month before flowering, 25% 2 months later in September and the remaining 25% 4 months later in November.
Pruning: Cut away any shoots that appear below the graft union. Remove any dead or damaged branches. The Flying Dragon Trifoliate withstands pruning well and can be shaped into a small sized tree if desired.
Pests and Diseases: The Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange Tree is highly disease and pest resistant.
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