Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - April 12, 2012

From: Valencia, CA
Region: California
Topic: Non-Natives, Plant Laws, Trees
Title: Can I move my Dwarf Orange tree from California to Florida?
Answered by: Ray Mathews & Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

I am moving from California to Florida and have a small dwarf orange tree. Can I bring it with me to Florida? Thanks!

ANSWER:

The dwarf orange tree is a common name for a plant that has several commercially grown species for home cultivation, but it is not in our Native Plant Database. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's goal is conservation and sustainability of native plants.

Mr. Smarty Plants is assuming that you are asking this question because you are aware that California has a prohibition on bringing citrus fruit and plants into the state, and are wondering if Florida might have similar restrictions. Sadly for your dwarf orange tree, the answer is yes.

This Summary of Florida Plant Protection Regulations from the Florida Department of Agriculture lists the restrictions and tells of cases where there might be exceptions.

You may have to obtain another Dwarf Orange Tree once you get to Florida.

 

 

More Trees Questions

Transplant shock in my Nuttall Oak tree in Moore, OK.
July 23, 2009 - I had a Nutall oak tree planted; it is 5 inches in diameter and about 24 feet tall. It was planted in March of this year, leafed out ok; now since June 20th I have had a large quantity of the leaves t...
view the full question and answer

Propagation of maple tree in Canada
July 08, 2008 - I have a gorgeous maple tree in my front lawn and I want to plant more like it. The tree gives off very few keys a year so I want to make sure this works. How do I go about planting a maple key?
view the full question and answer

Cottonwood seed clogging air conditioner in Austin
June 06, 2010 - My husband and I recently moved into a rental house that has a very tall cottonwood tree in the backyard. It has been shedding its seeds all over our yard since the beginning of May and seems to still...
view the full question and answer

Leaf drop from maple tree in Minnesota
August 15, 2008 - I have about a 30 ft maple tree in my yard, last fall I trimmed it pretty good because the branches were getting low where you could not walk under it or get grass to grow. This is the 2nd time in abo...
view the full question and answer

Fertilizing oaks to produce acorns
January 16, 2012 - Will fertilizing oak trees help with acorn production?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.