The Chinotto is a sour orange tree that has an unique leaf form. Its botanical name refers to its small, myrtle-like leaves. Here it is compared to a sweet orange, Valencia.
It is the first to flower in my garden. I am documenting its progress because last year it fruited well but every single fruit on my tree disappeared. It happened overnight. I find it hard to believe that a possum or a bird would have taken the fruit so neatly so this year I will keep a closer watch.
The Chinotto makes good marmalade; it is used to make the soft drink of the same name and is also used to make the liqueur, Campari.
It is slow growing but worth having in my orchard to provide a counterpoint to the other citruses. It is small but a sweet looking, attractive tree.