Flying Dragon Citrus Tree (Poncirus trifoliata monstrosa)


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Plant Description: A unique and exotic Citrus relative, Flying Dragon is a deciduous, very dwarf tree with attractive, contorted branches and equally attractive, hook shaped thorns. This citrus tree 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. It is reportedly hardy to at least 0° F. and can be grown outside in many areas of the Pacific Northwest and other regions of the U.S. with mild winters. 

Self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower. 

  • Height: 2-3 ft
  • Watering Needs: moderate
  • Sun Needs: spring/summer/fall: 1/2 day to full sun; winter: move pot to well-lit room
  • Soil Needs: coarse, acidic, and well-drained
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Ripening Time: Late fall
  • Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting

This plant was grown by Northwoods Nursery, a certified Salmon Safe grower. Learn more at

*Photo courtesy of Northwood Nursery

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