Nothing quite quenches your thirst like a cool glass of orange juice made from Valencia oranges. This citrus fruit traces its roots back to the very beginning of the United States' citrus-growing history and continues to be a staple in orange groves across the U.S. today.
Valencia Orange Tree’s (Citrus x 'Valencia') sweet, succulent flavor is valued for more than just juicing. It's also a favorite orange to snack on due to its size, color, and delicious taste. As an added bonus, this breed of orange has very few seeds and is a breeze to peel, a trait that comes in handy when you're craving sweets and have to eat on the go.
The tree itself that the fruit grows on is a compact evergreen with glossy oval leaves that maintain their color all year long. Lovely white blossoms bloom on the tree during the spring months, filling your property with a sweet, tantalizing fragrance and attract pollinators. Blossoms transform into fruit from late spring into late fall and early winter.
In addition to being perfect for juicing, Valencia oranges are also ideal for use in fruit salads, orange bread and other citrus desserts. Zest the peel for added zing when frosting rolls. You'll love finding ways to enjoy your Valencia oranges.
Add to your home orchard and extend your growing season. Valencia orange trees produce late in the season, so you'll enjoy fruit after all other orange trees are out of season. Enjoy this easy-to-grow, low-maintenance tree in your yard no matter what Zone you live in. 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.
Valencia Orange’s are among the easiest citrus trees to grow, whether you're an expert gardener or just starting to get your fingers dirty. It's a tough tree that manages to withstand poor soil, only requiring a moderate amount of moisture.
Valencia Orange Trees have been a juicy fan favorite for years! Order your own today for healthy snacking tomorrow from the citrus tree experts at NatureHills.com!
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Tracing its roots to the very beginning of citrus growing in the United States, the Valencia Orange continues to influence to this day. Even with the late 1800's challenge from the Washington Navel Orange, the Valencia has proven to be the select Orange for juicing - one of the most important usages of citrus.
In 1831, William Wolfskill received a land grant and was one of the first commercial grape growers in Los Angeles, California. Wolfskill became the largest citrus grower in the nation and is often referred to as the father of the commercial citrus industry in California.
His early markets were the gold miners who would pay high prices for the lemons and oranges shipped to the mining regions. Known to prevent scurvy, available citrus was in high demand.
He discovered the Valencia Orange in the early 1840's and introduced a patented Valencia Orange in the mid 1850's. Planting of this new variety of sweet Orange then began in earnest.
The name Valencia is said to reflect the city of Valencia, Spain where many citrus varieties were known to grow. It is also said that Southern California's vast plantings of the Valencia Orange by the turn of the century resulted in the naming of the town of Valencia, California.
In terms of fruit folklore, it must be noted that William Wolfskill's first wife was named Maria de Luz Valencia. They married in 1833, but she left him for another man. He would remarry in 1841, and there is not much on record of what his second wife thought about the name of his famed orange.
The patented Valencia Orange is sold off to the Irvine Ranch owners in 1866, just before Wolfskills death. The Irvine Ranch (one of the largest Citrus growers) went on to plant half of their entire ranch in Valencia's. By the 1920, the Valencia was the most popular juice orange in the United States.
The introduction of the Valencia into Florida is credited to Lena B. Hughes, who in the 1930's and 40's developed what would become the most common strain of Valencia's planted today. A great improvement on Wolfskill's early introduction, her work was the key to the development of the Florida juice industry.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x 'Valencia'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 Years|
|Pruning Time||After Fruiting|