This sour orange is one of the best citrus plants for containers because of its compact growing habit and hearty root structure. With densely foliated myrtle-like leaves, in spring it produces fragrant, white flowers and fruit that holds well for months. Pruning this enduring grower produces a well-shaped bush.
|Hardiness Zone||9, 10|
|Sun Requirement||Full Sun|
|Minimum Temperature Indoors||50|
|Plant Type||Good for Bonsai Culture|
A Natural Bonsai. Compact growth, fragrant flowers, grape-like clusters of fruit, and small dark green leaves. Review by Don
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I purchased a Myrtle Leaf orange from Logees back in 2009 right out of their greenhouse. The plant started off tiny--it was only about six inches tall--but growth was surprisingly quick--some new shoots grew two feet long in years two and three and had to be pruned back. Fruiting was a bit slow. It set one fruit in 2012 and three in 2013. This winter/spring/summer of 2014 it finally came into its own and has about 70 fruit on it (I counted 68, but may have missed a few) and is 39 inches high in a 15" diameter plastic pot. The fruit set either singly or in clusters near the tops of the longer upright branches. The small spacing between leaves and the small leaf size make the plant very decorative. A bit of pruning, and this citrus would make a fine bonsai as the Logees photo suggests but it looks great just lightly pruned too. Flowering occurred for me in January and then intermittently in bursts till the summer. (Posted on 9/4/2014)