Orange Trees

Orange Tree

plwillcutt added on January 5, 2012 | Answered

I have a 40-year-old orange tree that gets flood irrigation. It lost all its leaves this summer and fall gave a few oranges. Do they just die like that?

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Answered on January 8, 2012

Yes, they do at that age. Trees, like animals, have a life span. Most citrus trees can be expected to live for about 30 years, and yours was well beyond that. It just likely died from old age.

There are some cases of citrus trees living to more than 100 years old, but just like when humans live to be 100+ years old, this is an exception, not the rule.

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