Citrus myrtifolia “Chinotto”

The Chinotto is a sour orange tree that has an unique leaf form.  Its botanical name refers to its small, myrtle-like leaves.  Here it is compared to a sweet orange, Valencia.

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It is the first to flower in my garden.  I am documenting its progress because last year it fruited well but every single fruit on my tree disappeared.  It happened overnight.  I find it hard to believe that a possum or a bird would have taken the fruit so neatly so this year I will keep a closer watch.

The Chinotto makes good marmalade; it is used to make the soft drink of the same name and is also used to make the liqueur, Campari.

It is slow growing but worth having in my orchard to provide a counterpoint to the other citruses.  It is small but a sweet looking, attractive tree.

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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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5 Responses to Citrus myrtifolia “Chinotto”

  1. Holy moly look at those blooms!

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  2. mattb325 says:

    The tree looks so wonderfully healthy. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a bird. Yesterday, I came home to a cockatoo walking around the grass with unopened daffodil stalks in its mouth (I had wondered what had been chewing half my stuff to the ground). Quite a sight when you catch them in the act :-)

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  3. Cynthia says:

    That is a very pretty plant… Loads of buds too. I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of your trees and fruits this year. They are so different from what I grow. I never knew Campari was derived from a citrus fruit. Also… That is a strange thing that happened with your fruit. I agree, it seems so unlikely that everything would disappear at the same time. A mystery! I hope you catch the culprit if he returns this year:)

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