The Famous Sweet Juicing Orange
The Valencia Orange is a sweet orange best known for its use as a juicing orange. However, it’s size, color and outstanding taste makes it a popular snacking orange too.
Brilliant white flowers will fill your yard with their fragrance, and fruit bearing occurs from spring sometimes into late fall/early winter. The medium sized fruit has very few seeds, is sweet and succulent and very easy to peel.
A compact evergreen, it has glossy oval leaves that make a beautiful backdrop for the clusters of creamy white flowers and fruit it displays much of the year.
The Valencia Orange Tree is one of the easiest to grow citrus trees. It is known as a tough tree that can withstand poor soil. Also, even though it’s known for growing in warmer regions it can be grown in colder areas if the tree brought indoors before the first frost.
Enjoy this easy to grow, low maintenance tree in your yard no matter what zone you live in and you will be growing an orange tree that produces fruit after all other orange trees are out of season.
* Good Orange for Juice
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||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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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Terrific Sweet Orange for Juicing
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 Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x 'Valencia'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|