Lane Late Navel Orange Tree

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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 pollinators favorite! Theyll perfume the air indoors and out! Backed by a flush of glossy evergreen foliage thats 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, youll always have something to enjoy! However, it will turn the most heads once its dripping in darling bright orange orbs just begging to be devoured!

Planting and Application:

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, youll 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!

  • Easy to Peel & Kid Friendly
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Long Hang Time
  • Seedless Sweet & Juicy
  • Fragrant White Blooms & Evergreen Foliage

#ProPlantTips for Care:

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. Citrus need regular water at first, allowing your tree to dry out between each watering slightly, but once established can be low-water-usage plants.

Protecting Container Citrus From Cold

Although it's famous for growing in warmer regions, it can also thrive in colder areas as long as the tree is brought indoors prior to the first frost of winter.

If you're growing these tropical trees in the ground in the lowest of their favored growing zones, they need to be planted in a sheltered spot to avoid the worst of the chill. If a spot like that is unavailable, then you are better off planting in a large, deep container.

In borderline growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors or into a protected location, eventually moving your tree inside in bright indirect sun for the winter if the temperatures in your area ever dip below that 40F range. In spring, reverse this process and begin acclimating your tree to again be back out in the full sun all summer. This reduces stress and leaf drop.

Order Lane Late Navel Orange Tree now before they sell out! Youll 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!

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Lane Late Orange Ripens Late

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.


Lane Late Navel Orange Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones Outdoors 9-10; Patio 4-10
Growing Zones Outdoors 9-10; Patio 4-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus x 'Lane Late'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Size Semi Dwarf
Mature Height 8 - 12 Feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes

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