Flowering Thorn Plant (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: 10/10/10
Location: Braselton, GA
Posted By: cmartin3


This plant flowered around Mother’s Day last year (I don’t have a pic of the flower) and I planted it outside this spring. I has grown straight up since spring and it is now about 4ft tall and has thorns. Do you know what type of plant it is?


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    The thorns look like trifoliate orange to me.

    Look at my website notes to see if that’s what it is and let me know here

    October 11th, 2010 at 9:12 am
  2. chris Unregistered says:

    The thorns do look similar to trifoliate orange, but my leaves look larger and more glossy. In addition, it has never has fruit, just a few pink flowers at the beginning of May last year. It did not flower this year as it didn’t grow much since I kept it in the pot throughout last year and then I planted it outside this spring. It is now at least 4ft tall. Thanks for your help.

    October 11th, 2010 at 11:34 am
  3. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    My first thought was a citrus as well…looks similar to my Meyer’s Lemon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyer_lemon the flowers on mine start out pink and fade to white.


    October 11th, 2010 at 10:30 pm
  4. chris Unregistered says:

    That could be it. I bought it as an ornamental with pink flowers. Will the cold weather kill it? Is yours 6-10ft tall as the article states? Thanks.

    October 12th, 2010 at 10:26 am
  5. mrsminiver Registered says:

    the photos i submitted have vanished. the were two i needed identified.

    October 12th, 2010 at 2:31 pm
  6. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Meyer lemon is not winter hardy. Most folks keep it about 3′ x 3′ in a pot

    October 12th, 2010 at 3:52 pm
  7. Norma Flower Fanatic says:

    I’m with Sharon and Walter on this one. My first thought was Meyer Lemon – but I live in the deep south and have to protect it in winter. Our coldest temps seldom get below 20 . .and that’s only for a short period of time. I keep mine wrapped in a blanket during winter and open it on nice days.

    With you being in Braselton, I’d surely bring it inside or protect it over winter.

    October 15th, 2010 at 3:26 pm
  8. Chris Unregistered says:

    Thanks for everyone’s help. I will be moving it inside as the temps become colder.

    October 18th, 2010 at 9:42 am

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