Orange Trees (Dwarf Navelina)
FRUIT-ORANGE-1-6Regular price $33.00
Dwarf Navelina Orange trees are perfect for Orange lovers with small gardens. This is an early ripening, seedless variety and a heavy fruiter, but it doesn't take anywhere near as much space as a regular sized tree! Navelina orange looks stunning as an espalier or in a patio pot.
Urban Bounty Dwarf Navelina Orange trees come in a 3 litre pot.
About Dwarf Navelina Oranges (Citrus Sinensis, Washington Early, Dalmau Orange)
Oranges are believed to have originated in the tropical parts of South East Asia. The Navelina is a natural variation of the Brazilian Navel orange. This particular variety was first discovered in California in 1910.
Navelina Oranges are a juicy and sweet seedless orange. The fruit are medium-sized with a slightly oval shape, with a depression or belly button-like 'navel' at one end. The medium-thin rind is mildly pebbled and easy to peel. This is an early fruiting variety, which will bear fruit approximately 3 years after planting.
Perfect for a large container, espalier or topiary, the glossy green leaves, white blossoms and deep orange fruit of Navelina Orange trees look stunning in Mediterranean and elegant-style gardens. Its citrusy fragrance is also suited to a scented garden.
Culinary Uses for Dwarf Navelina Oranges (Washington Early, Dalmau Orange)
The zest and juice of Navelina oranges is used in cuisines around the world - from European to middle eastern, and south American. Due to its relatively low acidity, Navelina Oranges taste deliciously sweet and citrusy.
Use your Navelina Oranges to make the perfect Duck a-l'Orange, or a party punch spiced with cinnamon. Navelina orange segments add the perfect sour 'lift' in winter salads - your imagination is the limit! Try them in a Moroccan styled salad of spiced carrots and dates; a Mexican-themed salad with Avocado and Coriander; or a European mix of Fennel, Orange and Mint.
Growing Conditions - Dwarf Navelina Orange (Washington Early Orange, Dalmau Orange)
Plant Navelina Oranges from autumn - early spring, but avoid planting in frosty weather. Soak the tree in a bucket of water for a few minutes beforehand, and take care to keep the planted soil line below the grafting point. Your tree should produce approximately 3 years from planting, any time between June and September.
Dwarf Navelina Orange is a near-seedless variety, so it should be planted away from other citrus, which could cross pollinate with it and cause it to form seeds if they flower at the same time. Dill, Thyme, Marigold, Borage and Calendula are good companion plants for your Orange tree.
Oranges thrive in a sunny-partly shaded but warm spot. They love rich, well draining soil, but don't like heavy wind or heavy frost. (This dwarf variety is grafted onto a Flying Dragon rootstock, which isn't very cold tolerant.) If you live in a colder area, this variety is perfectly happy in a half wine barrel, or a large container that can be overwintered inside. (It will need more regular fertiliser and water than a tree planted in the garden.)
Like other citrus, Navelina Oranges are gross feeders - they need lots of compost and manure. Water regularly while young, when the tree is fruiting, and in summer when the weather is hot and dry.
This tree doesn't need hard pruning unless you are shaping it into a topiary or espalier form. You can, however, strategically shape it while young, opening up the centre to allow sunlight and air flow. Regularly nip out the tips and remove suckers at the bottom of the tree to encourage bushy and compact growth.