Orange trees are among the citrus fruit trees that you can grow in your yard. Each time they bear fruit, the trees provide a vitamin C-rich produce for the whole family. All the time they are planted, they offer a shady tree side shelter for everyone, particularly in summer.
Planting an orange tree is not hard to do. There are many cultivars to choose from. A dwarf orange tree is among the varieties that can give you an extraordinary experience. Its fruits have a wonderful flavor common among oranges. Even the scent is pleasant to smell.
Just because it is dwarf it does not mean it cannot be like any other orange tree. Its fruit is the size a typical orange tree. The only difference is the length of the tree. Because it is a dwarf, it will not take over the entire yard or your house for that matter.
The most popular among the Citrus mitis is the calamondin orange tree, which originates in China and introduced as an ‘acid orange’ to the United States in 1900. Because it is cultivated more for its physical appearance than for its edible fruit, the Calamondin orange tree can be grown as a dooryard tree or as an ornamental plant. It can even be planted on pots and containers.
Nonetheless, this cultivar is not known to grow indoors as it always yearns for direct sunlight or half shade. It is best grown in container culture.
Cultivated primarily in Arizona, Florida, Brazil, and California, a navel orange tree is a special cultivar. Inside at its blossom end is an undeveloped fruit resembling a conjoined twin. From outside, the blossom end is implicative of a human navel, thus the name.
Also known by its monikers such as Washington, Riverside and Bahia navel orange, the plant can be grown indoors and outdoors. Among its essential requirements are an average temperature between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit and sufficient sunlight.
It is also easy to propagate through its cuttings as the navel orange is seedless. Depending on your region, its fresh orange fruit is available from winter through late spring.
For those who live in apartments and condominiums, the Satsuma orange tree is the best choice. According to field research conducted by Texas Cooperative Extension, headed by Extension Horticulturist Dr. Steve George, the Satsuma orange tree is the most cold tolerant and produces the highest quality.
It is also the first ever citrus to be recommended statewide by the Extension Service, as the Satsuma orange trees can reach a maximum growth of 6 feet when planted in a container.
The Osage orange is among the common types of orange trees today, particularly on the Great Plains. They are grown as hedges or living fences along the boundaries of farms in Southern Oklahoma and Northern Texas.
Among the other types of orange trees are honeybell, mandarin, and blood. The honeybell grow best on sandy soils that are reminiscent of the Mediterranean environments. The blood orange is so called as such because of its darker orange color or red-fleshed orange. The mandarin on the other hand, is a small citrus tree that bears fruit like an orange.