|Poncirus trifoliata (L.)Raf.|
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.
Cultivated: Germany, France
Author: Ulrich Herzog
Ethnobotanical aspects of Poncirus trifoliata by Plants for a future database
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