Re:Neighborhood Cats / Poncirus trifoliata
Hm...interesting. These that my mom has on her tree are not small and fuzzy
at all. They are like regular oranges. I have a trifoliate orange in a pot
that I was going to graft on, but haven't gotten a chance...it produced
fruit, which although smaller than mom's are also like regular oranges, just much
more sour. Too sour to eat, although I've been known to love sour things.
We have mock oranges around here too......Philadelphus texensis....now they
do put out fuzzy small fruit that is inedible. The tree, although also
evergreen, is more ornamental looking, to me.
Speaking of the Poncirus trifoliata......there is a variety here, Jim you
might know if it has a cultivar name, or a subspecies......here we call it P.
trifoliata "flying dragon". It is also used for root stock here in Texas,
but when it comes to growing it on it's own, I much prefer it over the regular
P. trifoliata. It's thorns are downward turned, rather than sticking
straight out like the trifoliate, the growth habit is more linear and
narrow.....instead of tree shaped. And the part I love best, the branches are all
twisted and narled, kind of like a Harry Lauder walking stick (which unfortunately
doesn't grow here....one of my favorites). So it is quite decorative as well
as a great barrier.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 3/21/2006 11:02:36 PM Central Standard Time,
My aunt had a whole copse of them since she let the fruits fall and seed.
They were about 10 feet tall or higher and were virtually impenetrable. Yes,
there are fruits. They are like fuzzy little lemons with scads of seeds.
My aunt used to make what she called lemonade out of them, but they were
called "mock oranges" where I grew up. I didn't learn about real mock
oranges until I was grown. Mine is about six feet tall but has not
produced anything yet. There is a really old one at a house here in town
that is like a small tree.
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