Flowers & Thorns

The pain of winter and the glory of spring, on one plant. This is “Hardy Orange” – Poncirus trifoliata – the “trifoliate orange”. It’s citrus-like, but not a true citrus, hence the genus Poncirus. The species differs from the genus Citrus in having deciduous, compound leaves and pubescent (downy) fruit. The word trifoliate describes a characteristic of the leaves – wait for it… the leaves have three lobes. Fragrant and citrusy, the fruit is bitter, bitter, bitter and almost all seeds inside with little pulp.

Flowers & Thorns

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