Moro Blood Orange Tree
Most Dependable Coloring Moro Blood Orange Tree
- Dependable Blood Red Flesh in Most Climates
- Deeply Pigmented Flesh
- Sweet and Juicy
- Long Hang Time
- Most Popular Blood Orange
- Very Healthy Dark Red Fruit
As the #1 variety of blood Orange grown in the United States, the Moro Blood Orange (Citrus sinensis ‘Moro’) is a true standout. It features dependable deep red coloring that is achieved in most climates from Zones 8 – 11.
Italian Moro Blood Orange has a rich tropical flavor and deep red flesh in both marginal and ideal citrus growing regions. This is superior to other varieties that only produce deep red flesh unless given ideal citrus growing conditions.
If you prefer vivid fruit, try the Moro Blood Orange for a delicious—almost tropical—experience. The deep crimson-red colored flesh has a very high content of Vitamin C, potassium and carotene.
The pigmented Moro Blood Orange develops early. The fruit hangs on the tree for a long time as the flesh and skin continue to get deeper in color.
You'll find the peel is quite ornamental, as it's usually blushed with a beautiful burgundy color. This popular Orange has a hint of raspberry with tropical overtones and is a bit sweeter than other varieties. By the time the fruit matures, the flesh is deep red and is usually seedless.
If you are a foodie, you'll want to add this plant to your collection. Plant in the ground in US Department of Agriculture Zones 8 - 11, or in beautiful containers for the perfect patio plant.
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How to Use Moro Blood Orange Trees
The red colored flesh will continue to deepen when kept cold in storage where it will hold for about 3 weeks ready to eat. It's pretty as a picture on a plate and adds a tremendous amount of interest to salads and desserts. It's a gorgeous snack offered as part of a fruit and cheese tray.
Moro Blood Orange, along with the other popular Blood Oranges like Tarocco and Sanguinello, are 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 as slices placed on a cheese platter. Of course, fresh off the tree is also a popular way to enjoy Moro Blood Orange. There is nothing better than homegrown fruit!
#ProPlantTips for Care
Blood Oranges like full sun locations with good air drainage. Plant in good draining soil or elevate your planting 12 to 18 inches by 3 feet when poor drainage is suspected.
Grow all Citrus trees on the dry side. It is a good idea to give a layer of mulch over the root system.
Moro Blood Orange likes the cold weather of the winter in the moderate climates of Zones 8 and 9. Some cold is required to get the deepest red pigment of the blood Orange.
This variety is still being tested for indoor/outdoor growing from Zones 4 -8. For the best chance of maturing fruit for the indoor/outdoor grower, we recommend growing Moro in a container.
Keep the container on a porch or patio through the spring into early fall. Once the fall temperatures fall below 35 degrees move your container tree indoors and place it ideally in a sunroom or well-lit, protected patio.
If inside the house, place near a sunny window. You may need to provide extra artificial lighting to support the ripening fruit.
Do not place near heater vents, stoves or ovens. Keep your citrus plant on the dry side while it's inside. Avoid over watering!
It's a productive tree, and that wonderful dramatic color only adds antioxidants to the healthful benefits of fresh citrus. Order yours 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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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 ideals conditions, but still shows a decent red color and develop 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 adaptation and is a popular variety for Home Growers and Farmer's Market growers.
|Botanical Name||Citrus sinensis 'Moro'|
|Mature Height||7 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||7 -10 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|