Washington Navel Orange

The Washington Navel Orange Tree

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The parent Washington Navel Orange from which all navel oranges in the world come from is still alive and producing fruit to this day. It is national historical marker #20 at UC Riverside. Washington navels are a popular commercial orange and also popular for growing in containers. While as not as cold tolerant as other varieties, they perform just fine without much hassle indoors for the winter.

Basic Information

Common Name Washington Navel Orange
Botanical Name Citrus x sinensis ‘Washington’
Location of Origin Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USDA Zones 9-11
Can be grown in containers? Yes

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit Size Medium-large
Fruit Shape Round, with navel
Fruit Flavor Sweet
Rind Thickness Medium
Rind Texture Smooth
Rind Color Orange
Flesh Color Orange
Easy to Peel? Farily easy
Seeds Some

Tree Details

Has Thorns? Yes, fairly small
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Size Medium
Flower Color Green
Flower Size Medium-large
Mature Tree Height in Ground 8′ – 12′
Fruit Bearing Age 3 – 4 years old
Alternate Bearing? No
Heat to Sweeten Fruit? Yes

Growing Conditions

Temperature Hardy to 32 ºF
Self-fertile? Yes
Sunlight Required Full Sun
Bloom Season in Minnesota Spring
Harvest Season in Minnesota Winter
Average Spring/Summer Watering Once every 1-2 weeks, more often when hot
Average Fall/Winter Watering Once every 3 weeks

Guides for Growing in Containers


Next to this young fruit emerges much new growth on this navel tree
Next to this young fruit bursts new life
Washington Navel Orange tree budding
Top down view of Washington Navel orange tree budding