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Citrus aurantium myrtifolia

This form of bitter orange is known as “myrtle-leaved orange.” It is not practical to grow C. aurantium itself at the Museum. Oranges must be wintered over indoors in our climate, and C. aurantium is far too large a tree for us to move in and out of the gardens. The myrtle-leaved orange is much more compact; ours is a dwarf form suitable for pot culture. Although it is the same species as the bitter orange that has been cultivated in southern Europe since at least the twelfth century, the variety is a spontaneous mutation discovered in southern Florida in modern times.

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