Orange trees are very popular in our country. They provide shade during hot summer days and provide food for many birds and animals. There are several varieties of oranges, but all orange trees have one thing in common – they produce an edible fruit called an orange.
But what exactly is an orange?
An orange tree is a member of the family Orchidaceae (oranges). The name “orange” comes from the Latin word orignum meaning “of orchards”. The fruit of an orange tree is an orange. It’s shape resembles a large grapefruit with a thin skin and greenish flesh inside. Its color varies depending on where it was grown, but most commonly it contains up to 25% water and is bright yellow when ripe.
The Fruit Of An Orange Tree
An orange tree produces its fruit year round, except during the winter months when the fruits are dormant until spring arrives. When the fruit ripens, it becomes an orange. The fruit is not just a tasty treat; it provides nourishment to the tree and other organisms in the soil.
If left unripe, an orange tree will die within a few years due to lack of nutrients.
In order for an orange tree to grow, there must be sufficient sunlight and moisture in the soil around them. Without these two things, an orange tree cannot survive.
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