Orange Trees With Thorns

Orange Trees With Thorns


Orange trees are one of the main tropical fruit species all around the world. Although original orange trees do not have thorns on their stems, there are some hybrid citrus species which have thorns to protect their fruit from greedy animals. Citrus trees have been grafted with many other plant species, and it is definitely that more orange trees with thorns will appear in the future.


There are a number of fruit trees similar to citrus trees but they have thorns on the stem. Osage orange is one of them. The fruit of an Osage orange and a citrus fruit have nearly the same appearance. The Osage orange trees can grow up to more than 10 meters in height and all its branches are covered with small thorns. It is a deciduous tree and its leaves will turn from green to yellow in autumn. They will bear fruits looking like limes with yellow-green colors. Its thorns are often used as natural barbed hedges. They are also used in range for keep the livestock in a pen.

Orange thorn is another type of plant with tiny thorns on its stems. This plant is originated from Australia and it is a small sized shrub which will bear fruits in autumn. It is a good candidate for landscaping and border usage in gardens. They prefer warm climate but they can also tolerate relative low temperatures as well. Their tiny fruits look very like small oranges and they are edible for human.

Blood orange plant gets its name from its fruit’s color. The color of its fruits will turn into bloody red when ripened. Its fruits taste like a mixture of a number of berries. People commonly use its fruits to produce juice and wine. Like the above two plants, blood orange plants have sharp thorns on all branches.

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