Garden landscaping ideas: 20 Reasons to choose Tangerine or Chinese orange trees for your garden, estate, farm, rooftop or balcony garden
A Chinese orange or Naarangi tree as it is called in India, is one of my first loves in the world of gardening:)
- It can live happily without demanding anything more than a dose of water and annual manure.
- Make pretty Bonsais for your rooftop garden or balcony.
- Prune it as an edible garden-hedge. Children like to pick its fruit and smell its leaves at their height:)
- Use it as a green wall to screen off areas in your garden.
- Make a maze with pruned Chinese orange trees. An orchard turned into a fun place!
- Let it grow tall to reach your balcony or roof, so you can pick fruit from that height.
- Make an impressive 5 meter high green wall along the boundary wall. These stately trees are eye candy.
- It is tropical Christmas tree, really. All dolled up, naturally in December, when the mist dulls all else in the North Indian garden.
- Give a home to exotic tropical butterflies to breed and flutter in your green space.
- This tree is a delight in all seasons with glossy green leaves, scented flowers and bright fruit.
- Chinese orange flowers scent the driveway or entrance to your home.
- Leaves when brushed aside, scent your hand. Instant mood uplifter, as this scent calms and rejuvenates the nervous system. No need to buy orange essential oil:)
- Twigs of Chinese orange trees look gorgeous in formal flower arrangements or just by themselves in a vase in the dining room.
- Harvesting is important to its preparation for next flowering and fruiting. The more fruit you pick, the faster the tree gives more flowers (and scent!)
- Fruit grows in abundance, so you quickly learn recipes to use it.
- Fresh lime juice gives way to fresh Chinese orange juice in many recipes. Pickles, marmalades, candied peels, salads, tea…
- Sundried Chinese orange, thinly sliced, sundried, smothered with sugar and sundried one more time makes for great Korean orange candy tea, or used in recipes that require candied orange peels like cakes, cookies and quick salads.
- Sundried peels make a great bath scrub when blended with turmeric, coconut oil and chickpea flour. Store airtight, diluting a teaspoon for a daily bath. #SustainableLiving
- Candied Chinese orange petals make for a great Korean tea too.
- Generosity blossoms as you soon realise that you can’t eat it all! Friendly neighbours who get frequent gifts of Chinese orange fruit, are a byproduct of your Chinese orange tree:)
It blooms and fruits twice a year without taking rest. There is hardly a time when it doesn’t have fruit or flowers hanging from its sturdy branches!
My Tropical Christmas Tree, living outside the front door:)
Wondering, how to grow your own Narangi or Chinese orange tree? Here you are…