When we think of oranges, we often think of their refreshing citrus flavor, vitamin C, and juice. However, we seldom think of them coming from trees that produce beautiful flowers with an equally attractive fragrance.
Citrus sinensis, also known as sweet orange, is a species of citrus in the Rutaceae family. All trees in the genus Citrus, including Citrus sinensis, are native to the tropics of Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Australia, and Melanesia.
There are 2 primary species of orange trees: the bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) and the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). C. sinensis is an evergreen plant with dark green, oval leaves and can grow to a height of 20 to 30 feet.
Along with its popular fruit, the sweet oranges, Citrus sinensis produces flower clusters known as orange blossoms. The flowers are star-shaped, white, and of course, have a strong scent of citrus notes and sweet, sweet, soapy undertones.