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Washington Navel Orange Tree

Washington navel oranges

Washington navel oranges

Washington navel oranges

Washington navel oranges

This is the quintessential navel orange. The Washington navel orange is the most popular backyard citrus tree in the U.S. And no wonder: the fruit is seedless and easy to peel; the trees are cold-hardy down to 28 degrees F; and these trees are easy to grow and maintain. As one nursery puts it, “No green thumb required.”

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours) to partial shade

Soil pH

  • 5.5 to 6.5

Hardiness Zones

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

Mature Size

  • Height: 8 feet (pruned)
  • Spread: 8 to 12 feet

Moisture

  • 1 to 1 1/2 inches per week

Notes

  • Moderate growth rate
  • Harvest December to January
  • Can fruit the first year
  • Suitable for container growing

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

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