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Citrus

Citrus spp.

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

6m

1m

Min

1m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Citrus Overview

Citrus is a genus containing over 15 species of evergreen, usually spiny, trees and shrubs that are characterised by their production of citrus fruits. Simple, alternate leaves on winged branches and small, white scented flowers are common features of most of the species, many of them being commercially important food crops - including oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. It can take up to a year to develop into edible fragrant citrus fruits. Grown outdoors in warm climates, citrus are popular patio or pot plants that can be brought indoors in Winter, in cooler regions.

Common problems with Citrus

How to propagate Citrus

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Seed

Seed when ripe in autumn.

Special features of Citrus

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Citrus

Grown for its foliage, showy flowers and orange-like fruits. It is effective as protective hedging and for privacy.

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