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Citriobatus spinescens - Orange Thorn

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [C. pauciflorus, Pittosporum spinescens]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Citriobatus spinescens (Orange thorn) - An upright open evergreen shrub to 4 to 6 feet tall with hairy branches bearing many narrow spine-like thorns and shiny small rounded green leaves. In the spring appear small white flowers in the leaf axils that are followed by edible bright orange, thick-shelled berries. The flavor of the berries is described as very mild and slightly sweet. Plant in coastal sun to shade and water occasionally to regularly. While cold tolerance of this plant is not well documented it has proven hardy to frost at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Canberra and likely can tolerate temperatures into the high teens F. Orange thorn has long gone by the botanical name Citriobatus spinescens or C. pauciflorus but the recent treatment in the Flora of Australia puts this plant in the genus Pittosporum (Pittosporum spinescens (F.Muell.) L.W.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford). Other common names are wallaby apple and native orange. It comes from moist scrublands of north-eastern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. This plant can attract birds and butterflies to the garden.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Citriobatus spinescens.