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Trifoliate Orange spotted in Chicago

Posted by ferrous 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 10, 07 at 10:20

I was very excited last weekend when I spotted a Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata, syn. Citrus trifoliata) in Chicago! I've seen it grow well in zone 6 (Jersey) and 7 (Washington, DC) but never saw this plant in Chicago where I live. It is quite a nice size, right at the Shedd Aquarium gardens, no protection for the winter and it seems it's been there at least two years or so.

I know, one may thing right at the lake, zone 6, etc. but still it's exciting that a citrus is successful in this are.

Anyone else growing this plant around here? I will plan this orange this spring and see what happens. I am more of a zone 5 in the NW side of cook county, just north of O'Hare, we get pretty harsh spells in the cold winter weather. I like to plant borderline plants, I do grow (3rd year) Fushia Magellanica and it blooms more and more every year. This year I left my musa bajsoo in ground and can't wait if it makes it through this winter. Also, I am very happy with Southern Magnolia (Edith Bogue) tha hass been happy in my garden for a third year.

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RE: Trifoliate Orange spotted in Chicago

Thanks for the info--next time I'm at the Shedd, I'll have to look for that orange. I maintain that being within throwing distance of the lake mostly saves you from subzero weather--the Shedd might have it even better with the heat-island effect. I'm only a couple of blocks from the lake, but my little musa basjoo didn't overwinter. Then again, it was very young and I didn't get around to protecting it beyond planting (in late summer/fall '05) it a foot from the south side of the house. I hope yours makes it! Let us know.

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