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Trifoliate Orange 'Flying Dragon'

Poncirus trifoliata

Trifoliate Orange 'Flying Dragon'
 
 
 
 

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Poncirus trifoliata, the most beautiful, hardy citrus plant

The trifoliate orange Flying Dragon is in our opinion the most beautiful, hardy citrus plant – and it also beats many other plants with its bizarre, interesting appearance. Conversely, one could of course also ask why such a citrus plant should be planted in the garden whose fruits are only partially edible? But the plant answers this question with all of its advantages:
- Flying Dragon grows only very slowly, up to about 200-250 cm in 5-10 years.
- Poncirus trifoliata Flying Dragon is very tolerant to pruning; one can easily cut back the trifoliate orange without damaging the plant itself or its appearance.
- It is absolutely hardy in our climate and is only outdone by its species, that is, by Poncirus trifoliata itself, the non-contorted growing origin (which tolerates temperatures down to -30°C).
-The ornamental value of this plant beats almost everything: the large flowers in the spring, the glossy, tripartite leaves, the network of twisted shoots, the saber-like thorns that are curved backwards, and finally the yellow-orange autumn colouration as well as the tennis ball-like yellow fruits in autumn, accompanied by the citrus fragrance of the ripening fruits.
So, there are 4 reasons to plant this citrus plant in your garden! And believe me: you will be able to list even more reasons once you have this plant in your garden.
 

Short Description of the Trifoliate Orange 'Flying Dragon'

Flowers: White, 5-part flowers, very large, separated at the base, the petals do not overlap, unlike normal citrus varieties.
Fruits: Roundish, up to 5 cm in size, little pulp, furry coated on the surface, a bit like tennis balls with their felt surface.
Maturity/harvest: North of the Alps it matures reliably in October and November; then the fruits simply fall to the ground. The sight in late autumn is one of the most beautiful garden experiences during this time: the slowly discolouring, yellow-orange leaves become less dense and so more and more of the yellow citrus fruits that are distributed throughout the interior of the crown can be seen.
Flavour: The fruits are full of seeds, not very juicy, very sour. In addition to the sourness, there are also special bitter substances present in Poncirus trifoliata, which must be filtered out or overboiled before using; there are various recipes and testimonials that show that this is possible.
History/use: Poncirus trifoliata is native to central and northern China, as well as Japan; use as a grafting rootstock for other citrus varieties or as an ornamental plant; Poncirus trifoliata Flying Dragon grows very slowly and can also pass this on to grafted citrus plants. Here, the variety Flying Dragon is propagated as a rootstock for seeds. Since Poncirus trifoliata produces poly-embryonic seeds, they carry the dominant embryo with the pure genetic material of the mother – and then all of the seedlings will be genetically similar to the mother. In the garden, the ornamental value is crucial: the interaction of the large flowers, the picturesque growth, the autumn colouration with the yellow fruits. In addition, a hedge using Flying Dragon also very reliably keeps any unwanted intruders away from the property…and almost saves costs for an alarm. ;-) The use in the kitchen is a bit problematic because of the bitter substances in the fruits, but it is possible to make a sour orange jam. In autumn, I like the intense citrus fragrance in the garden, which comes from the ripening and already fallen fruit.
Plant spacing: 100-150 cm, the shrub adapts pretty well to the prevailing space conditions; in my garden, Flying Dragon is sandwiched pretty tight between other shrubs and now just grows upwards, towards the sun. ;-)
 
Location/growth: Upright, spirally growing branches, glossy leaves consisting of three single leaves (trifoliata), in which the middle leaf is slightly larger than the others. The most beautiful is certainly the twisted growth, which affects both the arched, zigzag-growing shoots and the picturesque (and dangerous!), giant thorns that are bent backwards. I do not know a plant whose growth looks more adventurous – ultimately like artwork created by nature.
Hardiness: Poncirus trifoliata in general is the hardiest citrus plant, but as a young plant additional winter protection is recommended. After 2-3 years, the plant can easily withstand -15 to -20°C and colder. Occasionally, one hears that the shoots must be protected during the winter; however this is not necessary; in my garden, Poncirus trifoliata has already survived several cold winters at -17°C and lower without any branch losses. The key advantage of Poncirus over “normal” citrus plants in terms of hardiness is certainly the fact that they lose their leaves in the winter.
Pollination: Poncirus trifoliata Flying Dragon is self-fertile.
Training/pot cultivation: Even in pots, Flying Dragon makes a fine figure, like a living sculpture. However, the container should be in a place where you do not walk past, as the huge thorns like to get caught in clothes and cause quite reckless mischief...
 
  • Available April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Use greenhouses/winter gardens, for containers, South- and West-facing walls, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, moderately heavy, light, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour green

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