Trees and Shrubs forum: Why is there so few citrus trees around San Jose?

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Curiouslyme
Oct 29, 2017 11:50 AM CST
I'm absolutely baffled as to why almost nobody around here plants oranges and other citrus. I've seen huge trees growing only very rarely, although they seemed to be doing quite well and would hold fruit year around in some cases. Fresh citrus tastes better and is very convenient if it is growing in your own yard. I also think the trees are very aesthetically pleasing.

Can anyone help me understand why people don't grow citrus very often around San Jose? It doesn't seem to be due to their water requirements - Orange County which is even shorter on water grows trees in people's yards fairly commonly.
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porkpal
Oct 29, 2017 1:37 PM CST
In Florida currently there is some sort of citrus plague that is causing folks to avoid planting. Perhaps something similar happened there? You need a reply from someone local.
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Zuni
Dec 18, 2017 12:47 AM CST
Curiouslyme said:I'm absolutely baffled as to why almost nobody around here plants oranges and other citrus. I've seen huge trees growing only very rarely, although they seemed to be doing quite well and would hold fruit year around in some cases. Fresh citrus tastes better and is very convenient if it is growing in your own yard. I also think the trees are very aesthetically pleasing.

Can anyone help me understand why people don't grow citrus very often around San Jose? It doesn't seem to be due to their water requirements - Orange County which is even shorter on water grows trees in people's yards fairly commonly.


Wow, maybe you just haven't seen the neighborhoods that have them. I live in north/west San Jose, and on my block alone, walking my dog just around the block, there are....let me think, 2 orange trees on one commercial property, then around the corner, a couple small lemon shrubs on one residential property, another orange tree on that street, turn the corner and there are two more properties with oranges. All ripe right now. And yes, I occasionally swipe one while walking the dog LOL.

Two blocks away there is a tree with the weirdest huge, mutant type citrus fruits. Someone I asked also walking by, said they're a type of lemon. Some knobby-looking huge citrus thing. There are also a couple places in the area with kumquat trees. And that's just the citrus fruit trees. I also see figs and olives and other fruits all over the sidewalks.

It's probably the newer subdivisions where people moved in who don't want to deal with the mess from fruit trees, where you are looking. The older neighborhoods are covered in them, in my experience.

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