Poncirus trifoliata (L.)Raf.
Poncirus trifoliata(38534 bytes)
A monotypic genus related to Citrus. A slow-growing, medium-sized shrub with green stems armed stout spines. The leaves are trifoliate, the leaflets obovate to elliptic, 3 - 6 cm long, in autumn coloured yellow or orange. In spring carrying white, fragrant flowers, without leaves. Older plants are often well flowering. Fruits are globular, 3.5 to 5 cm across, yellow when ripened, of bitter or very acid flavour. The shrub needs a sheltered position and is growing in all types of well-drained soil, prefering a place in full sun.

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Other views: Fruits, buds

Cultivated: Germany, France

Author: Ulrich Herzog

Ethnobotanical aspects of Poncirus trifoliata by Plants for a future database

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