Citra is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Florida. It is known as the home of the pineapple orange, (originally called the Hickory orange) a name coined in 1883 for an orange (fruit) with an aroma reminiscent of the pineapple. It was found in the orange grove of James B. Owens and was first marketed in quantity by Bishop, Hoyt & Co.
Citra has two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: The Citra Methodist Episcopal Church and the Armstrong House. It is home to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences plant research facility, being expanded with a donation from Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach.
Popular tenor James Melton grew up in Citra.
Other Facts about Citra
In late 1880 (or early 1881) Walter Reed visited Citra, Florida and purchased an orange grove near Citra. His father, Lemuel S Reed also bought property in the area of Citra. Walter Reed lost money, however because of a cold frost that badly damaged the orange grove.
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