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Anyone know what this citrusy thing is? Trifoliate Orange aka Flying Dragon

 
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Found it early winter, growing along the edge of a hayfield in a sort of hedgerow with Southern exposure.  No leaves on the viney shrub given the season, so hard to tell.  It had a citrus taste and smell, zone 7A central VA piedmont.  Oh, and the hairs didn't come with it - the hair is compliments of Max the dog, probably from my coat pocket (long-haired Shepherd - sheds a LOT).
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What dat?
What dat?
 
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Could be Trifoliate Orange aka Flying Dragon?

 
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The 'citrus taste and smell' make me think it's trifoliate orange.  It is a small tree/large shrub rather than a vine though and has huge thorns and bright green bark and branches.  Grows here in zone 7.

 
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Yes, that sounds exactly like the plant, Tyler and Judith!  I think it was just on the end of a rather long and scraggly branch, which is why I described it as viney, but the big thorns and bright green color are spot on.  Thank you both!
 
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Artie Scott wrote:Yes, that sounds exactly like the plant, Tyler and Judith!  I think it was just on the end of a rather long and scraggly branch, which is why I described it as viney, but the big thorns and bright green color are spot on.  Thank you both!



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Folks here make a really tasty marmalade with the fruit.

I've grown it and think it would be great in a hedge row.  Where I tried growing several it seemed too dangerous for children and critters...those thorns are quite aggressive I ended up cutting it back for several years to get rid of it as it keeps resprouting.
 
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Apparently a good year for the flying dragon?  Just noticed a pretty good crop while exploring - only the second time in 6 years I have seen fruit on the property. Maybe I should try to make some marmalade?

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Trifoliate orange
Trifoliate orange
 
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Saw some for the first time yesterday.  The smell is amazing!  I'm tempted to plant some, but would like to try the marmalade first...
 
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