page created 2nd March 2006
Home to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Turin - more properly called Torino in Italian - is also home to an amazing number of mature Poncirus trifoliata specimens. I guess someone in the city's parks department, probably around the 1970's, had a liking for this species and planted groups of them throughout Torino's public gardens.
In my few days wanderings around Turin, I came across five widely separated areas that each had a considerable number of these shrubs or small trees. I counted about 50 in total. No doubt others exist that I didn't come across. Some had been left to grow naturally, a few had been trained to be more tree-like with a single trunk, and the remaider had been pruned or clipped in various ways. All showed signs of having fruited, and one specimen - growing in a small depression where moisture and fallen fruits no doubt collect - had a profusion of seedlings at its base.
Click here for a higher definition version of the second photo
Click here for location details of these and other Poncirus trifoliata plants.
Click here for pictures of the 'citroniera' at Turin's Venaria Reale palace.
I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who knows more about the origins of these plants. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org