A row of Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata) can be found right across from The Fearrington House Inn reception and is particularly beautiful this time of year. Their twisting branches and orange fruit serve up images from a fairy tale, but beware of the “flying dragon” thorns — these curved thorns are quite sharp and cover the branches. Beautiful to see and not to touch, these plants bloom with abundant sunlight and are a good filler plant with their non-temperamental nature. We underplant them with rosemary for contrast and safety.
HINT: The fruit tastes like a tart lime and can be used to infuse foods, but doesn’t taste very good on its own!