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Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' /Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange, Hardy Orange

Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'  / Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'
Picturesque, but wicked thorns and white flowers in a public garden in Memphis
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Picturesque, but wicked thorns and white flowers in a public garden in Memphis

Thorns on all parts of the plant with emerging white spring flowers

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Scientific Name: Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'
Common Name: Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange, Hardy Orange
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a relatively large growing deciduous shrub that produces thick, entangled branches that are covered with sharp curved thorns. White fragrant flowers appear in sping as the new foliage emerges with hard, orange-like fruit following in summer and into the fall when the fruit turns to orange-yellow. This is a shrub that is normally used as a specimen in places somewhat removed from pedestrian traffic. Especially picturesque in the dormant state when the green stems and thorns are more prominent. Reported to be a good plant for bonsai training.