Fruit Trees

Best 6 Citrus Trees To Grow In Southern California

Most of us in Southern California have the good fortune of living among citrus trees. Despite the fact that many citrus trees face an unknown future due to the spread of citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing or HLB), scientists are now finding effective treatments.

Here are some tips for citrus care and some of my favorite citrus varieties for those of you who do not reside in a citrus quarantined area.

It is recommended that in our climate, citrus trees are soaked deeply every seven to ten days. Citrus trees have shallow feeder roots and deep stabilisers roots on their roots.

Therefore, it is essential that water reaches both of these roots. Irrigation should also be done along the drip line of the tree.

It is important to keep this in mind. You can determine the drip line by taking the edge of the tree canopy and following it straight down to the soil below.

You will be able to discern the drip-line zone from the circle of area enclosed. Make sure that you irrigate and fertilize within the specified area.

Palestine Lime Tree

There is a reason we love Key Lime, Tahiti Limes, Rangpur Limes and Mexican Lime for their tart flavor which gives us mouth-puckering treats such as pies and limeades, along with great sour flavored condiments.

What is fish taco without lime? (What is fish taco without lime?) But sometimes that lime taste is just a little too overwhelming and lemon will not do the trick.

This is the time when you should look into getting a delicious Palestine Lime (Citrus limettioides)!

Unlike other limes, Palestine Limes do not become fully ripe until they turn a soft yellow (not green like other limes).

In their ripe form, they will have a mild lime flavor, making them perfect for use in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. The limes can be squeezed into juice or tea, or grated for use in baked goods or curries for a zesty flavor.

During the beginning of the season, the trees start off with fragrant white flowers, which will enhance the fragrance of your garden. Indoors, by a sunny window or a pot, they are also strong growers.

W. Murcott Mandarin Tree

This Mandarin is also called Afourer. Mandarin orange trees of this variety are among the oldest varieties produced in Florida.

They usually produce fruit in alternate years if left on the tree. More cold tolerant than other mandarins.

There may or may not be seeds and it has a thin rind with brown speckles encircling a deep orange juicy fruit that is easy to peel.

Mandarin trees are more cold-tolerant than other mandarins and can be grown in containers in northern areas or in the ground in southern areas.

Plant them in a container if you live in a cold climate. Let the intoxicating citrus scent fill your home during chilly winter days by placing your tree near a sunny window.


Valencia Orange Tree

There isnt anything better than a glass of fresh orange juice made from Valencia oranges when you are thirsty, but if you are thirsty, you should try the fresh orange juice mentioned above.

In spite of the fact that this citrus fruit can be traced back all the way to the beginning of citrus cultivation in the United States, it continues to have a significant role to play in orange groves across the country.

The sweet and succulent taste of Valencia oranges makes them a very popular fruit, not just for juicing.

As well as its size, color, and great taste, I enjoy eating it for the reason that it is a favorite orange to snack on because of its size, color, and delicious taste.

A bonus is that the oranges produced by this breeding have relatively few seeds and they are easy to peel, a trait that comes in handy when you’re craving sweets and need to eat on the go.

In fact, the tree that produces the fruit is a compact evergreen tree with glossy oval leaves that retain their color all year round.

The eucalyptus tree is covered in beautiful white blossoms during the spring months, filling your property with a scent that’s pleasing to the senses. By the end of the spring, the fruit begins to form as the blossoms turn into blossoms.

Trovita Orange Tree

You might consider trying out the Trovita Orange tree (Citrus sinensis ‘Trovita’) if you are looking for the perfect orange tree to add to your backyard.

It’s one of those Oranges that tastes delicious and has a little bit of a thin skin so it’s very easy to peel.

It’s designed with a mild and sweet taste which makes it a great choice for kids.

The reason the grown-ups love it so much is due to its reputation for being a reliable producer of produce for home gardeners, as well as its ability to store fruit for months at a time.

There are very few maintenance requirements for this citrus tree, and it does not need the intense period heat that other varieties may need in order to develop that excellent flavor.

Just place the tree in full sun, provide it with well-draining soil, and give it moderate water. The tree can be grown either in a pot or in the ground.

I am confident that you will love this flavor variety whether you are juicing, eating fresh or snacking. In the spring, the fruit ripens and blooms, so you will not only be able to enjoy that amazing fresh fragrance, but you will also be able to enjoy the delicious fruit at the same time.

Variegated Calamondin Tree

Variegated Calamondins have fragrant blooms followed by tiny, orange fruits, just like their cousins, the Calamondines.

It is often used in Thai cooking as a substitute for lemon as it is 1″ in diameter and tastes strongly tart.

Green and yellow stripes distinguish this immature fruit. A good choice for indoors or patio containers because of its variegated, handsome foliage and compact growth habit.

Growing it indoors under a grow light or near a sunny window is preferred.

As a hedge or screen, Variegated Calamondin is a good addition to the landscape.

It is then possible to prune this tree to the desired shape after the flowers bloom.


Calamondin Orange Tree


The camondin orange is known for its trickery and it is generally believed that they act as little devious tricksters. There is a similarity between the appearance and the camondin oranges, however, the oranges themselves are smaller.

I find it a little difficult to handle them when they are blooming, since they have a distinctive smell that is difficult to ignore.

On the other hand, you can slice them or squeeze them and they will juice just like an orange. On the other hand, when you start eating them, all that enticing ‘orangeness’ goes right out the window. I would compare the taste to a sour lime rather than a sweet orange!

There is no doubt, however, that the most widely used way of using this fruit in cooking is to replace lemon or lime. It is a great substitute for anything that is normally made with sour citrus, such as fish, chicken, iced tea, Asian dishes, baking, etc.

It was all the rage in Florida in the 1950s when orange trees were all over the landscape of people’s houses. There are often stands that sell a sweet, lemon-like drink that is made from Calamondin, instead of lemons.