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Citrus sinensis 'Cara Cara' (Navel Orange)

Navel Orange, Cara Cara Navel Orange, Red Fleshed Navel Orange


A popular navel orange variety, Citrus sinensis 'Cara Cara' is a medium-sized evergreen tree prized for its nearly seedless, juicy oranges with deep reddish-pink, ultra-sweet flesh. Low in acid, the fruit has an incredibly sweet citrus flavor with notes of berries. Cara Cara Orange is the result of the cross-pollination of a Washington Navel Orange and a Brazilian Bahia Navel Orange. Like many sweet oranges, it requires prolonged periods of warmer temperatures to produce a heavy, sweet tasting crop. Highly ornamental, the tree features a spreading, rounded growth habit and can be grown in a container. Its white blossoms are intensely fragrant and contrast nicely with the lush foliage of waxy, dark green leaves. Valued for their unique flavor, Cara Cara oranges are harvested through winter. They lend themselves to many culinary uses: wonderful in salads, dessert recipes, homemade beverages.

  • Grows up to 8-20 ft. tall and wide (240-600 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in sandy, neutral or acidic, well-drained soils. Needs water regularly, but cannot stand flooding or saturated soils.
  • Thrives in warm climates, typically enjoying temperatures between 55-85°F (12-29°C). Grow it indoors in a warm, sunny room and move it outdoors in late spring to a sunny spot protected from wind.
  • No pruning required.
  • Generally disease free. Keep an eye out for citrus red spider mite, glasshouse red spider mite, soft scale and fluted scale, aphids, caterpillars and mealybugs under glass.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings and grafting.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Citrus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Spread 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Citrus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Spread 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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