Moro Blood Orange Tree

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As the #1 variety of Blood Orange grown in the United States, the Moro Blood Orange Tree (Citrus sinensis 'Moro') is a true standout! It features dependable, deep red coloring that is achieved in USDA zones 8 - 11. This is superior to other Blood Orange varieties that only produce deep red flesh in perfect conditions.

The fragrant white blossoms are divinely scented and the glossy evergreen leaves make this a fantastic tree all year round! An Italian Orange, Moro has a rich, tropical flavor and deep red flesh. The red-colored flesh will continue to deepen when kept cold in storage where it will hold for about 3 weeks ready to eat. Quite ornamental, its peel is usually blushed with a beautiful burgundy color.

Vivid Moro offers a delicious, almost tropical experience! Very high Vitamin C, potassium and carotene content, its flavor has a hint of raspberry with tropical overtones and is a bit sweeter than others. When the fruit matures, the flesh is deep red and usually seedless. The fruit hangs for a long time and continues to get deeper in color!

Planting and Application:

Moro Blood Orange is used in a variety of different ways from marmalades to gelatos and sorbets. Include some slices in your morning smoothie for a healthy blast of flavor and color. It's great in salads and sliced on a cheese platter. Of course, fresh off the tree is also popular! There is nothing better than homegrown fruit!

Outdoors, Moro are beautiful accents and specimen trees. Keep potted on a porch or patio during warm weather, then move your tree indoors and place it in a sunroom or well-lit, protected patio for the winter. If inside, place it near a sunny window, and you may need to provide extra artificial lighting to support the ripening fruit.

  • Very Healthy Dark Red Fruit
  • Dependable Blood-Red Flesh
  • Deeply Pigmented Flesh
  • Sweet & Juicy
  • Mid-Season & Long Hang Time

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Oranges need full sun locations with good air circulation, favoring the morning sun. Plant in well-drained soil that's moderately moist and on the acidic side, allowing the roots to dry out slightly between waterings. Grow all Citrus on the dry side, ensuring that container plants have several drainage holes and a loose, acidic soil mixture. Add a layer of mulch over the root system.

Protecting Container Citrus From Cold

If you're growing these tropical trees in the ground in USDA zones 8, 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, likewise, for USDA zones 7 and under, plan on bringing your tree indoors for the winter. A rolling plant pot will help with moving your tree around and you can prune these trees to any size to keep them manageable.

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.

Like all of our Citrus, these trees are a minimum of three years old, have extensive branching, and have some of the largest root systems available. We take pride in delivering you the highest quality Citrus Trees with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage.

You'll want to plan to repot them every 3 to 4 years. Always shift to the next size container and avoid going too much larger than the current pot size.

If you are a foodie, you'll want to add the productive and dramatic colored Moro Blood Orange tree to your collection! Order yours at NatureHills.com today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Deep Red Color, Delicious Flavor

First discovered as a sport of the Sanguinello Blood orange in Sicily, Italy in the mid-20th Century, the Moro is one of the newest of the popular Blood Oranges varieties.

The perception of less flavor was shaken off due to the dependable dark red color of the flesh, which made it an immediate novelty hit. However, in no time the wonderful flavor of the Moro was acknowledged by growers and consumers alike.

Citrus sinensis 'Moro' is unlike most of the other popular varieties of Blood Oranges originated in Sicily, Italy and is considered an Italian Blood Orange. The Sanguinello and Torroco are both varieties from Spain.

The name Moro comes from the Moorish culture, which in the 8th century, dominated the Mediterranean region. The word was used to describe dark-skinned people of Africa. In time, it became a word common to anything with dark pigment.

Though once thought to be of lesser quality than the most popular Blood Oranges, today the Moro is the third most common citrus sold in Europe based on the rich tropical flavor, the deep red flesh, along with the wide range of adaptability.

The immediate success of the Moro in California is due to the fact that it ripens much earlier than the Sanguinello or Torroco. Moro is a January ripening fruit, putting it at least a month sooner to ripen than the other varieties. Moro would color where other Blood Oranges would not, such as in the southern coastal areas of the United States.

The Moro develops deep rich red in ideal conditions, but still shows a decent red color and develops its great flavor in less than ideal conditions. This is a positive trait, unlike how the other two popular selections display.

The Moro became a big hit with the retail nurseries, and they were fast to offer this exciting new citrus variety based on those virtues. In time, in California, the Moro became the #1 Blood Orange recommended.

As the health-conscious consumer movement took hold, the high antioxidant content that came by way of the dark red pigmentation - called anthocyanins - began to be promoted. The Moro, like any citrus, was rich in Vitamin C, potassium and folate, all important to good health.

Today, Moro Blood Oranges can be found in everything from jams and jellies to IPA beers. Moro is noted for its wide range of adaptations and is a popular variety for Home Growers and Farmer's Market growers.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Moro Blood Orange Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-11 (Patio 4-11)
Growing Zones 8-11 (Patio 4-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus sinensis 'Moro'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 7 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 7 -10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained Acidic
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes

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