Cold Hardy Chinese Grapefruit Tree Seedlings: Hardy Citrus
We have lots of cold hardy citrus for sale
Cold Hardy Chinese Grapefruit Tree SeedlingsThis is for 1 seedling (small plant) from the most incredibly hardy grapefruit tree I have ever seen. Plant was raised in the pot and has a good root system. This tree is from the mountains of China before the plant ban was imposed and is very rare in this country. I do not know of anyone who has it here.They call it a grapefruit but it is smaller than the grapefruits we know here in the USA and maybe some slight cross of a Grapefruit and a sour orange/lemon but not sure. It’s very sweet. It makes the best glass of fresh 'grapefruit' juice that I have ever tasted: everyone who has tried it loves it and it can be eaten fresh. The rein is thicker than store bought ‘normal’ grapefruits with a few more seeds per fruit but it is very edible. Nun the less it is much larger than a lemon but sightly smaller than our grapefruit but shaped more like a pear. No idea of its proper name. I have taken it to several horticultures at NC state + botanical gardens and no one has ever seen anything like it before. I would love to know what it really is. Nun the less I have some for sale for you to try. The tree is from the mountains of China, cold, windy, rocky, bad soil and it was doing extremely well there. I am in zone 7a (North of Raleigh NC) and the tree doesn’t just live it thrives here. No real protection for 10+ years. Aprx 12-15’ high now; may get a little bigger. No disease, no watering, no nothing it loves it here. Very hardy maybe to zone 5 or 6 but obviously never tested. I have a few out for testing in various climates right now but results are a few years away. Last year 2010 I had maybe 6 fruits; this past year the tree was full with over 100 grapefruits on it. And this year should be just as goodPlants will be shipped with minimum soil in a wet pack to save shipping. Note: there has been a lot of debate from a lot of good people on what this plant is or may be a cross of: this fall I will send some fruit off to several knowledgeable people for a more precise assessment. some thoughts I will pass along: Poncirus are deciduous, this tree is an evergreen. Poncirus are the only true citrus species that have the trifoliate leaves that I know of and the fruits are much smaller. But they can be cold hardy. Possible parent. Sour orange wrong leaf, ours is thicker rein and most are well, orange.it looks similer to the Swingle Citrumelo but the rein is smother and the yellow pigment on the rein does not go as deep on ours. Not sure about the taste, I've never tried the swingle. But I believe ours is more cold hardy.I am leaning to the thought that the 'grapefruit' is a hybrid of some sort, because I've read that poncirus varies little over its wide native range, but just what it is, I'm still kind of mystified. The only citrus I know with thick rinds are pummelo and citrons, both of which are not very frost hardy at all and would be unlikely to be found in the mountains of China to hybridize with P. trifoliata. One of the citranges, 'Morton', reportedly tastes like a grapefruit, so it's possible it could be a hybrid with some type of wild orange or mandarin orange. I have heard that some of the small fruited mandarins that grow wild in China are very hardy, so I wonder if that could be the other parent. Coming from China, it's probably a hybrid someone discovered in the wild and propagated. There's no telling what is left undiscovered in those Chinese mountains! I don't want to give it a name until I'm sure, all I can do is tell you it's characteristics and growth habits..
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