Poncirus 'Flying Dragon' in November
Poncirus trifoliata Flying Dragon
Poncirus trifoliata Flying Dragon with Autumn leaves
page created 5th Nov 06
This is the contorted form of the Japanese Bitter Orange, Poncirus trifoliata. Sometimes called 'monstrosa', or the Japanese name Karatachi 'hiryo'. Often used as a dwarfing rootstock for citrus varieties, it is hardy to around -15C and produces round fruit about 2-4cms diameter. The fruits look like small oranges but are extremely bitter and often full of seeds.
The photos here were taken in my garden in England on a beautiful sunny morning in early November. The plants are all six year old seedlings, at various stages of leaf fall. They have not yet fruited.
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