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Fruit Trees - Sweet Orange And Meyer Lemon Citrus

Fruit trees create a great ornamental look to a ground garden. Some varieties will work well in decorative planters. The Sweet Orange or Citrus Sinensis and the Meyer Lemon Citrus trees are popular in zones nine through eleven. They are both considered subtropical and tropical specimens.

People living in geographical locations that grow citrus trees, are accustomed to having fresh oranges and lemons on a regular basis. Herbee wanted to share a little information, as well as a couple of photos of the Sweet Orange and Meyer Lemon species. Each of these plants are native to China.

Today, the United States produces the largest sweet orange crop. Florida is the leading state. Other major states are Georgia, Alabama, California, Texas and Arizona.

The tropical areas of South America and Mexico also produce large quantities of this tree. Other countries that produce good quantities are Japan, Brazil, Spain. Italy, and Argentina. The Sweet Orange has become a favorite also in Australia, the Mediterranean, and South Africa areas.

Sweet Orange Tree

Sweet Orange Tree
Sweet Orange Close Up

The Sweet Orange is an evergreen tree that will mature around twenty to thirty feet high, and can grow to fifteen to eighteen feet wide. This sweet orange variety is thought to have originated from southern China, India and parts of Asia.

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The Sweet Orange tree can take full sun but it is one of the citrus species that can survive under partial shade conditions.

Once the tree becomes established it is drought tolerant, but will need occasional watering. The delicate and beautiful white flower has five petals and attracts the best of the honey bees.

The blossoms appear in the spring, and the oranges you see at the market during the springtime and summer are from last year. The fruit will not ripen after picking, so pick an orange fresh when you want to eat one.

Meyer Lemon Citrus

Meyer Lemon Citrus
Meyer Lemon Citrus Close Up

The Meyer Lemon Tree is a very unique evergreen specimen. This tree is a cross between a lemon and a sweet orange tree. The Meyer Citrus can mature to fifteen to twenty feet high and just as wide.

This tree can be kept under control by properly pruning. More below on how to properly prune. The specimen creates a wonderful addition in a planter on a deck, patio or in a container garden. This tree needs full sun and well drained soil. It doesn't do well in an environment of salt, so shouldn't be planted near the beach.

The Meyer Lemon has a different flavor as the outside layer is thin and doesn't produce a strong lemon taste. Due the thin layer of skin, it doesn't present itself as a great crop for packaging. Many growers will defer from planting this crop for exporting.

This tree is very popular in China and used in many container gardens. The Meyer Citrus will lose its soil nutrients after the third year, so it should be re-potted with fresh potting soil.

Herbee loves the flowers of this citrus tree. The white flowers represent a tight and long unique shape. There is a soft pink tone in each flower that sets off the blossoms.

Each blossom forms a cluster of flowers that accent any subtropical or tropical garden setting. Once the flowers bloom, the fruit will be ready to pick in about three to five months.

This is a very popular specie in the Gulf Coast states. In the United States it is used by gourmet chefs in different culinary dishes. The flavor ranges between a mandarin and a sweet lime. This is a great addition to a summer salad, or squeezing some fresh juice on your favorite fish.

The Sweet Orange and Meyer Lemon are great fruits to eat fresh. If they're available in your area, trying growing them in the ground, or in a container garden. Imagine stepping out the door in the morning and picking fresh citrus for breakfast!

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