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Washington Navel Orange

Citrus sinensis 'Washington Navel'

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Washington Navel Orange (Citrus sinensis 'Washington Navel') at Moana Nursery

Washington Navel Orange fruit

Washington Navel Orange fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Washington Navel Orange (Citrus sinensis 'Washington Navel') at Moana Nursery

Washington Navel Orange

Washington Navel Orange

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8


An attractive tree that bears seedless winter fruit that peels easily and has a wonderful sweet flavor. Great for containers for the patio or indoors.

Features & Attributes

Washington Navel Orange features showy clusters of fragrant white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in early spring. Its attractive glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The large orange round fruit is edible and has a sweet taste . Note that in general, it can be difficult to get plants to reliably produce indoors; this may be a challenge best reserved for experienced gardeners.

This is a multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Washington Navel Orange can be expected to grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 50 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.


Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Screening  Orchard  Container 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.