The Lane Late Navel Orange Tree (Citrus x 'Lane Late') is a spring-summer ripening, seedless Navel Orange. It's a Washington Navel hybrid developed in Australia with fine, rich flavor! All of these qualities make for a fantastic home-grown fruit, but a difficult one to grow commercially. Until recently it was a challenge to find - even at farmers markets - but the fruits are becoming more readily available, thanks to small groves of Citrus trees growers.
The glistening and fantastically scented blooms and a pollinator’s favorite! They’ll perfume the air indoors and out! Backed by a flush of glossy evergreen foliage that’s handsome and full year-round! The Lane Late Sweet Orange is a great choice for oranges to peel and eat or juice in the summer.
From the glossy bright green foliage that remains year-round, to the drifts of fragrant white blossoms, you’ll always have something to enjoy! However, it will turn the most heads once it’s dripping in darling bright orange orbs just begging to be devoured!
If you live in a colder climate, simply plant them in a container. Bring your tree indoors near a sunny window, and let the intoxicating citrus scent brighten your home during cold winter days. Great tropical additions when pruned formally around a sunny poolside or patio, or used in long informal hedgerows mixed with other citrus trees for privacy, shelterbelts and great property division.
Kid-friendly healthy snacks for lunchboxes or snacking, you’ll love seeing your family eat homegrown food! Small-sized and ideal for edible gardening indoors and out, these space-saving convenient trees are beautiful as they are useful landscape additions!
Navel Orange Trees flower and fruit best in full sun, so provide at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, in a very well-drained, slightly acidic environment. If in a container, provide excellent drainage and do not let your tree sit in water at any time.
Order Lane Late Navel Orange Tree now before they sell out! You’ll enjoy the benefits of growing your own citrus fruit anywhere in the U.S.! Sweet, juicy and easy-to-peel kid and family favorites shipped directly to your doorstep from NatureHills.com!
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Winter demand for navel oranges in the United States drove the Australian export market for many years. Growers there looked for late season orange varieties. One such imported orange was the Lane Late, and it was soon placed under evaluation for being grown in the United States.
Most consumers would not be aware that a large number of navel oranges sold are not, in fact, true Washington Navel. Rather, they are sports or hybrids of the original parent plant Washington Navel. The Lane Late is an example of a navel that is a sport of the original Washington Navel Orange.
Lane Late Orange was discovered in Australia around 1950. It was a bud sport growing as a limb off a Washington Navel orange in the yard of a person by the name of Lane. The limb's fruit was almost identical to the parent tree except for a few noted differences; the classic navel was quite a bit smaller and the skin of the fruit was much smoother.
What made it easy to distinguish these traits was the fact that it ripened up to 6 weeks later than the rest of the Washington Navel Oranges on this tree.
As early as 1973, Lane Late was introduced to UC Riverside California for testing. Still, at this time, the qualities of the Lane Late were only marginally realized. However, in Australia the variety became popular with the growers exporting Oranges into the United States.
The Lane Late looked like a Washington Navel. Adding to its appeal was its timing, shipped at the same time Valencias were being harvested in the US. With the Valencia Orange market on the decline, the consumer was looking for the easy-to-peel Washington Navel and growers were hot for a replacement. This made for a brisk Australian Navel export market for some time.
In the late 1980's, 12 late ripening varieties were being evaluated in Australia. Of these, 5 were selected to be sent to the US and evaluated. The Lane Late was already being planted and was included in these evaluations. Most of the research focused on the commercial qualities required to make for a great marketable variety. The Lane Late proved to be a stand-out. Not only did it stand up to the other late ripening selections, but it also had a long hang time. The Lane Late could hang on the tree up to 3 months and maintain its fine tree ripe qualities.
Today, Lane late is one of the main late season Oranges grown worldwide.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x 'Lane Late'|
|Mature Height||8 - 12 Feet|
|Mature Spread||8 - 12 Feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|