Poncirus trifoliata is an unusual shrub related to the citrus, however, it is extremely cold tolerant (fully hardy in the UK). It opens its white scented flowers in March-April, before the leaves appear and from September, masses of 4-5 cm large, bright yellow, lemon-like fruits develop (with a similar taste to the lemon; suitable for marmalade or for tea). During Autumn, the shrubs foliage turns a vibrant yellow which brightens up anyone’s garden. The plant is covered in large spines, and the stems stay green for several years, which gives a spectacular architectural appearance to the plant during the winter months.
Fast growing and drought tolerant, well suitable for containers whether that be for the garden or for a low hedge-barrier. Under warm climate, often used as the rootstock for grafting different citrus varieties due to its strong growth and cold tolerance. Hardy to at least -20C.
An excellent 2 years old, 20cm tall plant in an 8cm pot.
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