A unique and exotic Citrus relative, Flying Dragon is a deciduous, very dwarf tree with attractive, contorted branches and equally attractive, hook shaped thorns. Flying Dragon bears yellow, 2″ diameter fruits that yield juice that can be used as a lemon-like seasoning. In China we have seen Flying Dragon used as a compact, impenetrable hedge. Flying Dragon is reportedly hardy to at least 0F. and can be grown outside in many areas of the Pacific Northwest and other regions of the U.S. with mild winters.
Latin Name: Poncirus trifoliata monstrosa
Site and Soil: In spring, summer and fall, keep your potted Citrus in a location with 1/2 day to full sun. In the winter, place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit procuction. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Citrus is self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: Flying Dragon is hardy to about 0° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 2-3 ft.
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: The fruit ripens in late fall.
Yield: 20-30 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants.
USDA Zone: 5