Where can I buy sour orange tree?

svanessa(9/SoCal)October 18, 2010


I just bought a home in the San Diego, CA area with a barren 2 acre yard. I plan on several fruit trees but am looking in particular for a sour/bitter (Seville or similar) orange. I can't find a local nursery that carries them or any on the internet. Anyone have a lead? If outside CA can they be imported to this state?

Sour oranges are used to make marmalade and for general cooking/seasoning purposes.



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Call your local county cooperative extension agent. Here is a link for CAL.

Here is a link that might be useful: CES Agents

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 7:42PM
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Hi, I just learned of this place on this forum. They have sour oranges but I think that they are all dwarf trees.

Good Luck,

Here is a link that might be useful: Fourwindsgrowers.com

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 8:02PM
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Thanks Tom, I don't mind a dwarf for the sour oranges. Other citrus I will want full size.
Thanks for the lead!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 8:42PM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

OSH, Lowes, local nurseries and Home Depot carry the Sour orange trees from both Four Winds and Menlo Growers in NorCal. So, you can start there.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 2:45AM
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Thanks everyone, I found a Seville in Fallbrook at Atkins Nursery. They had one 5 gal left and several 15 gal. I picked up the 5 gal.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 5:19PM
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I remember reading your original post and wondering what a 'Sour Orange' was, which led to many google searches and lots of learning.

I have a large plant collection and I get rooted cuttings/seedlings or potted plants as gifts all the time and sometimes I remember what they are or keep track of the tags that come with them and sometimes I don't. Long after your post I was digging through the pile of pots of plants that never made it into winter storage because I ran out of time and space in the hoophouse and low and behold one of the survivors was a small Sour Orange - it even had its tag buried in the soil! Last winter was mighty cold here in Raleigh and it never lost a leaf. It may have been sheltered from all the jumble of pots around it or from the slab of asphalt it was sitting on - however it did it, I am amazed at its cold hardiness.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 2:35PM
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Hi John,
I was in the same boat, never heard of a sour orange until my mom said grandma used sour oranges in making her linguica (portuguese sausage). Since I can't find a good linguica anywhere, I'm going to try my hand at making some, hence the need of a sour oranges. If the linguica doesn't work out, I hear it makes a killer orange marmalade. :-) The tree I bought has 2 oranges on it and they should ripen in Jan.

Glad your tree survived the cold! Do you know what variety it is? The Seville seems to be the most prevelant.


    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 5:27PM
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'Bouquet de Fleurs' and 'Bergamot' (the latter used in perfumery and Earl Grey tea) are two more sour oranges. Also 18th century recipes were written for sour oranges and not sweet oranges. And that's about all I know about them. Hope it helps.


    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 10:23PM
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svenessa - the tag is hand written and only says 'Sour Orange'. The plant was given to me by a friend who picked it up from someone else that is testing all sorts of citrus for cold hardiness (and he lives one state above me!). I am afraid it is a seedling which means it may take forever to make fruit. It handled this past summers blistering heat and drought without a problem and came through weeks of subfreezing temps last winter. I will protect it better this winter - I promise.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 9:25AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I' a little late on this thread, but if you're looking for more citrus varieties, especially some of the more unusual ones, try Clausen's or Ganter's. They're both in Vista. Clausen's web site is: http://www.clausennursery.com/. They've been doing citrus and fruit trees out in N. San Diego County for 2 generations, and sell to most of the larger nurseries in SD and Orange Counties. Ganter's web site is: http://www.ganternursery.com/ . They are right across the street from each other. Great sources for citrus and other fruit trees for the San Diego County area.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2010 at 6:42PM
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madferret(UK 8b-9a)

Just a quick question, does a calamondim count? as I bought one of these from last summer, on a whim. :0)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 11:41PM
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A calamondin is thought to be a cross between a tangerine and kumquat. Fruit is sour, skin is sweet...go figure.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calamondin

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 11:56PM
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