The Flying Dragon is a type of dwarf citrus tree that is extremely disease-resistant. I love orange peel jam albeit it is time-consuming. Flying Dragon seed can produce from 0 to 75 percent zygote seedlings. Swingle’s first major job was not far from here in Eustis, Florida, in 1892. I love orange peel jam albeit it is time-consuming. They have a thick peel and the fruit has a bitter orange taste and a lot of seeds. Extremely ornamental with corkscrew growth habit. Sorry my northern friends, the scion (Citrus on top) will not survive that cold. This citrus tree bears yellow, 2″ diameter fruits that yield juice that can be used as a lemon-like seasoning. Flying Dragon is a dwarf form with contorted curved stems; deciduous so you can really appreciate those branches in winter. I have 3 trees that are 15 feet tall or so, and this year produced about 6 five-gallon buckets full of mini-oranges! In China we have seen Flying Dragon used as a compact, impenetrable hedge. Flying Dragon's thorns are long and curved, plant is small (up to 6'). The thorns are definitely intimidating and after pruning the tree the branches must not be forgotten on the ground because when they dry, they become very woody and are as dangerous as nails. Flying Dragon is used for a number of reasons: 1) It gives some cold hardiness to the Citrus on top. I got 18 trees from seed taken from the fruit. A show-stopper at the nursery, especially with it's display of orange fruit in the fall! Fruits are highly aromatic. Propagation. So folks as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts can grow the Flying Dragon. I have the species plant, not the cultivar 'Flying Dragon'. A unique and exotic Citrus relative, Flying Dragon is a deciduous, very dwarf tree with attractive, contorted branches and equally attractive, hook shaped thorns. He and Dr. Herbert John Webber experimented with citrus and formed the basis of much of what is known about citrus. In my case it was 50 percent zygote, and 50 percent nucellar seedlings. Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' DESCRIPTION: Thorny citrus tree with small green glossy leaves, small lightly-scented white blossoms, small velvet-skinned fruits, large thorns. We made kind of a lemonade out of them one year. It tasted kind of like lemon and kind of like grapefruit. Yes, they are edible. We make citrus-ade from the juice, adding sweetener and water. Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange has green fruit that grows over the summer and changes to an orange color after the leaves fall in the autumn. Flying Dragon’s peel is probably a good candidate for peel jam. Exactly 9 of the 18 seedling trees are growing in a very contorted and very dwarf growth habit. Why would you want to graft one kind of Citrus onto another? Flying Dragon Citrus Tree. FD is considered cold hardy to about -15 degrees. No insect or disease problems. Interestingly while the original species came with the colonists the Flying Dragon was introduced from Japan to the U.S. in 1915 by American botanist Walter Tennyson Swingle (1871-1952).