Trifoliate orange “flying dragon”
Poncirus trifoliata (L.) Raf.
Trifoliated and their hybrids
October – December
The ‘Flying Dragon’ is a variety of trifoliate orange native to North-Central China. It can be found wild in the mountain forests, and has been cultivated for thousands of years in Northern China. It was introduced into Japan in the 7th century, where it is known as hiryo. It arrived into the USA in 1915, from where it was spread to the Western world.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Plant of bushy growth and small size. Tortuous branches, medium internodes and large hooked thorns. Trifoliate and deciduous leaves. Small and rounded fruits. Velvety, semi-rough and perfumed rind, initially of dark green color and yellow-orange when fully ripe. Acidic and sour juice. It has seeds.
Its morphological characteristics favor its use as a perimeter hedge. Moreover, it has a high ornamental value. Its resistance to cold, its dwarfing capacity and other biotic characteristics of this species favor its use as a rootstock for other citrus fruits, as well as for the creation of new rootstocks. In gastronomy the rind is used, given its peach-like appearance and its aroma, reminiscent of that of the passion fruit.