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Citrus sinensis /Louisiana Sweet Orange

Citrus sinensis  / Citrus sinensis
Citrus tree with ripe fruit
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Citrus tree with ripe fruit

Louisiana sweet oranges

Mature fruiting tree

Ready for harvest in December

Ready to be eaten

Sweet oranges

Heavily fruited tree in late fall

Blood orange has red pulp

Pulp of blood oranges is red

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Scientific Name: Citrus sinensis
Common Name: Louisiana Sweet Orange
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Orange
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Grows well in the home garden and fruit that are allowed to fully tree ripen have higher quality than those just yellow-orange when harvested. May have problems with leaf miners, white fly, scale, and sooty mold. Fertilize citrus in late winter or early spring. In recent years because of the mild winters growing citrus has been quite successful in locations where they could not have been grown in the past because of hard freezes.