Navel Orange Tree

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About Navel Orange Trees

Navel Oranges are some of the most popular oranges for eating fresh and are readily found in grocery stores. They have a delicious, sweet taste; they are seedless; and they are easy to peel.

The Navel Orange is a sweet orange as opposed to a bitter orange. It is sometimes known as a Washington Navel or Bahia Orange; its scientific classification is citrus sinensis ‘bahia.’

This citrus fruit originated in Bahia, Brazil. It was sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington DC from Brazil in 1873. The USDA later sent it to Eliza Tibbets in Riverside, California, who popularized the variety throughout the country. The ‘navel’ portion of its name comes from the belly button-like appearance on the side of the orange that is opposite the stem.

This is the perfect plant to accent your patio or sunroom—with the bonus of amazing oranges! Enjoy attractive green leaves, beautiful white blossoms, and orange-scented flowers. Navel oranges are bright orange. Potted orange trees should be brought indoors during winter months.

The Fruit

Navel Oranges are naturally sweet, firm, and less juicy other varieties, making them excellent oranges to eat fresh. They are a good source of fiber and contain vitamin C, folate (vitamin B9), thiamine (vitamin B1), potassium, and antioxidants.

Enjoy Navel Oranges in a variety of ways! Squeeze fresh to make orange juice. Grate the peel to add orange flavor into cookies, cakes, and muffins. Add slices to salads and incorporate into glazes for roasted meats, like duck á l’Orange.

Growing Navel Oranges

Navel Orange trees need full sun. Grown in the ground, these citrus trees can reach eight to twelve feet tall. Pruning can keep the tree smaller, if desired. In a garden pot, the tree’s height will be reduced by the size of the pot. Potted trees should be brought indoors for the winter in cooler climates.

This is a self-pollinating fruit tree variety, so outdoor trees will produce fruit by natural means. Indoor trees can be pollinated by hand using a small paintbrush.

This tree does not require a lot of attention and is easier to grow than many other orange varieties. This low-maintenance citrus tree will adapt to a wide range of soil conditions and even tolerate a light frost. It should begin to produce fruit in one to two years.

Navel Oranges are popular for good reason, with their sweetness, lack of seeds, and ease of peeling. Buy a Navel Orange tree and enjoy this wonderful citrus fruit and the loveliness of the plant and its blossoms.

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Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Easy-peel Skin; Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 2 - 11

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 11 Outdoors: 8 - 11
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.
This item can be grown in colder climates if it's planted in a container and brought indoors during the winter months. If you're planting it outdoors in the ground, we recommend being within the outdoor zone range.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow citrus trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.


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