Moro Blood Orange Tree

  • Mid-Season
  • Dependable Blood-Red Flesh in Most Climates
  • Deeply Pigmented Flesh
  • Sweet and Juicy
  • Long Hang Time
  • Most Popular Blood Orange
  • Very Healthy Dark Red Fruit

As the #1 variety of Blood Orange grown in the United States, the Moro Blood Orange (Citrus sinensis Moro’) is a true standout. It features dependable, deep red coloring that is achieved in most climates from Zones 8 – 11.

Italian Moro Blood Orange has a rich, tropical flavor and deep red flesh in both marginal and ideal citrus growing regions. This is superior to other varieties that only produce deep red flesh in perfect conditions.

If you prefer vivid fruit, try the Moro Blood Orange for a delicious—almost tropical—experience. The deep crimson-red colored flesh has a very high content of Vitamin C, potassium and carotene.

The pigmented Moro Blood Orange develops early. The fruit hangs on the tree for a long time as the flesh and skin continue to get deeper in color.

You’ll find the peel is quite ornamental, as it’s usually blushed with a beautiful burgundy color. This popular Orange has a hint of raspberry with tropical overtones and is a bit sweeter than other varieties. By the time the fruit matures, the flesh is deep red and is usually seedless.

If you are a foodie, you’ll want to add this plant to your collection. Plant in the ground in US Department of Agriculture Zones 8 – 11, or in beautiful containers for the perfect patio plant.

How to Use Moro Blood Orange Trees

The red-colored flesh will continue to deepen when kept cold in storage where it will hold for about 3 weeks ready to eat. It’s pretty as a picture on a plate and adds a tremendous amount of interest to salads and desserts. It’s a gorgeous snack offered as part of a fruit and cheese tray.

Moro Blood Orange, along with the other popular Blood Oranges like Tarocco and Sanguinello, are used in a variety of different ways from marmalades to gelatos and sorbets. Include some slices in your morning smoothie for a healthy blast of flavor and color.

It’s great in salads and as slices placed on a cheese platter. Of course, fresh off the tree is also a popular way to enjoy Moro Blood Orange. There is nothing better than homegrown fruit!

Tips for Care

Blood Oranges like full sun locations with good air circulation. Plant in well-drained soil or elevate your planting 12 to 18 inches high by 3 feet wide when poor drainage is suspected.

Grow all Citrus trees on the dry side. Add a layer of mulch over the root system.

Moro Blood Orange likes the cold winter weather in moderate Zones 8 and 9. Some cold is required to get the deepest red pigment of the Blood Orange.

This variety is still being tested for indoor/outdoor growing from Zones 4 -8. For the best chance of maturing fruit for the indoor/outdoor grower, we recommend growing Moro in a container.

Keep the container on a porch or patio through the spring into early fall. Once the temperatures fall below 35 degrees, move your container tree indoors and place it ideally in a sun room or well-lit, protected patio.

If inside the house, place near a sunny window. You may need to provide extra artificial lighting to support the ripening fruit.

Do not place near heater vents, stoves or ovens. Keep your citrus plant on the dry side while it’s inside. Avoid overwatering!

Moro is a productive tree, with wonderful, dramatic color that adds antioxidants to the healthy benefits of fresh citrus.