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Sunday - June 14, 2009

From: Phoenix, AZ
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Proximity of orange trees in Phoenix AZ
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Do I need to plant my orange tree away from my neighbors orange tree?

ANSWER:

Citrus sinensis is native to Vietnam, northwest India and southern China. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to the care and support of plants native not only to North America but to the area in which the plant is being grown. Therefore, your question is out of our area of expertise. This Floridata site on Citrus sinensis could give you some help with your question.

 

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