18-28" tall US-119 Orange Tree
US 119 is a hybrid developed by the USDA in the early 1980s for breeding purposes. Its parentage is 50 percent citrumelo (Grapefruit x Trifoliate orange) and 50 percent Succari sweet orange. The tree is large and spreading, similar to a grapefruit, with attractive large leaves that are mostly unifoliate but occasionally are bifoliate and trifoliate. The tree is mostly thornless. Like many hybrids involving Trifoliate orange, US 119 is a very hardy citrus. Mature plants withstand temperatures down to 15F or lower without serious injury. Fruit is almost perfectly round and the size and color of a common orange. Fruit are very firm to the touch, with very little “give.” Inside, the fruit are orange with firm flesh and a moderate amount of juice. Visually, the average person would call US 119 an “orange.” The taste is unique: the fruit are very sweet, with hints of pineapple and mango. However, early in the season, there is also a noticeable Trifoliate aftertaste. Some people find this aftertaste objectionable; others find that it adds to the complexity of flavors. In any case, the Trifoliate aftertaste dissipates over time and fruit become very sweet late in the season – if not frozen off, ripe fruit will hold on the tree until at least April. Judged on its own terms, US 119 is a very good, hardy citrus.
- Mature Tree Height: 15-20 feet
- Ripens: November
- Hardiness: Low Teens F.
- Taste: Very sweet, with hints of pineapple and mango
Our trees are grafted with mature buds so our trees will fruit quicker.
* Hardiness temperatures are approximate, and indicate where fully dormant, mature trees may experience significant damage.
Please keep in mind that we are unable to ship any citrus to AZ, CA, HI, FL, LA, TX. These restrictions are due to USDA Agricultural laws. We do ship growing supplies such as potting mix, fertilizer and non citrus material items to AZ, FL, LA, and TX.
- We ship via UPS Ground
- We ship on Mondays & Tuesdays
- If your order is placed after 9am on Tuesday it will likely ship the next week.
- Trees may need to be topped or pruned to fit in the box.
- Tracking number will be emailed to you when your order ships, please check your spam folder if you don't see an email.
These are a few questions we are often asked and their answers:
Why dont you ship to FL or CA?
We aren't able to due to USDA restrictions, we wish we could but we can't.
When will my tree fruit?
We graft with certified mature buds so our trees are capable of flowering and producing fruit in the first season, but will definitely flower and produce fruit in the second season. We recommend removing fruit for the first couple years to allow the tree to focus on branching and growing roots.
What does this variety taste like?
In most cases the original Budwood program we purchased Certified buds from does not offer much in the way of descriptions or taste information. We then grow those buds out and continuously harvest new buds and then sell young trees so we simply don't always end up with fruit to try so unless its listed, we don't know what they taste like.
Do you have anymore of these available?
We try hard to add inventory when it grows large enough, if a product shows as 0 available please click the notify button to be emailed as soon as we add inventory to the site.
What rootstock is this grafted onto?
We use a handful of rootstock varieties for different reasons when we are grafted. If the variety says "Dwarf" then that variety is grafted to Flying Dragon. If it is not listed as Dwarf then we either used a standard rootstock or semi dwarfing rootstock. When fully mature the difference between Dwarf and Standard is only about 80% difference, it just takes dwarf longer to grow that large. You can maintain tree size through pot size and effective pruning.