Thank Crispy, exactly the kind of info I was after. Great link too.
maikeru Hatfield wrote:Do you think it could work for a livestock fence/hedge?
Erica Wisner wrote:I suspect my friend has a potted relative, based on the thorn description. Although I don't know if it has ever fruited for her, it has tolerated a lot of moving around, outdoor neglect, and had leaves come back strongly in a new setting after more than 6 months with bare, curvaceous, thorny green branches. I can't be sure if it's the Flying Dragon version or a similar, thicker-stemmed relative, but it has that quality of horrific fascination and visual appeal. An elegant and lethal-looking plant, especially when it is in a snit and drops all its leaves, displaying nothing BUT thorns.
If the original question has been satisfactorily answered, can I chime in to ask about small ornamental citrus in general?
I am interested in learning to bonsai a very small citrus such as kumquat or Meyer lemon for a houseplant. (Boatplant. House-boat-plant. . .?)
General hardiness would be good, especially tolerance to salt air, and varying moisture and temperature. The first link offered (thank you!) says the Flying Dragon poncirus is grown as a bonsai plant.
Does anybody have a recommendation for other, tastier small citrus spp that will fruit at small tree sizes / tolerate a lot of pruning as bonsai or indoor garden candidates?
Cris Bessette wrote:
Meyer lemon might be the best for this type of situation. Even grown from seed it will fruit/flower at only 2-3 feet from what I've read.
There are various dwarf citrus though, you might want to check out this link:
Though there is a difference between Bonsai and simply small trees. Bonsai won't necessarily give you good fruit production, but it will look pretty.