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Bergamot Orange Tree

Bergamot oranges

Bergamot oranges

Bergamot oranges

Bergamot oranges

Imagine blending your own Earl Grey tea. Now you can, with a Bergamot semi-dwarf orange tree. Italy produces most of the world’s commercial Bergamot trees, but you can have one in your own yard, in the ground or in a container. This tree is thornless and likes to spread out, but will grow well in a container with judicious pruning.

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 5.5 to 6.5

Hardiness Zones

  • Outdoors: 8 to 11
  • Patio: 4 to 11

Mature Size

  • Height: 10 to 15 feet
  • Spread: 4 to 5 feet


  • 1 to 1 1/2 inches per week


  • Moderate growth rate
  • Harvest in the summer
  • Cold-hardy to 28 degrees F

Have you ever grown Bergamot oranges? Please tell us about your experiences with the Bergamot orange tree.


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