Citrus Myrtifolia (myrtle-leaved orange tree)
The Citrus Myrtifolia has been known in Italy for many centuries, but it originated in Southern China; historical findings trace it back to the XVI century Medici gardens. It is a medium-small tree with a dense, bushy growth habit; it grows slowly but is very productive.
USES AND FUN FACTS
The Citrus Myrtifolia has coriaceous, small, pointy leaves that resemble the myrtle’s ones and make it different from other citrus trees. It can well adapt to pot growing and is considered one of the most interesting specimen by bonsai enthusiasts, because it resembles a dwarf plant due to its slow growth habit.
Citrus Myrtifolia’s fruits can survive on the tree for a long time, making it a good ornamental plant: they are small, flattened at the poles, they have an intense-orange colour when ripen and usually grow in bunches. They have a sour, bitterish flavour and are used to prepare refreshing bitter drinks and to make candid fruits.
The Citrus Myrtifolia primarily blooms in Spring and Autumn; it has small flowers with a sweet, captivating perfume, abundant on both younger and older branches and in contrast with the deep green foliage.