Citra, Florida

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Welcome sign, off U.S. 301
Historic Citra Methodist Episcopal Church
Historic Armstrong House

Citra is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Florida, United States. The community is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area. Citra is known as the home of the pineapple orange,[1] (originally called the Hickory orange) a name coined in 1883 for an orange (fruit) with an aroma reminiscent of the pineapple.


Citra was founded in 1881 in a citrus-growing district.[2] A post office has been in operation at Citra since 1881.[3]

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.


Citra is located at 29°24′42″N 82°06′36″W / 29.41167°N 82.11°W / 29.41167; -82.11Coordinates: 29°24′42″N 82°06′36″W / 29.41167°N 82.11°W / 29.41167; -82.11.[4]

Notable person[edit]

Popular tenor James Melton grew up in Citra.[5]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ Melton, Faye Perry (1987). Citra - Home of the Pineapple Orange. F.P. Melton. p. 122.
  2. ^ Frisaro, Freida Ratliff (Feb 21, 1988). "Indian heritage runs deep throughout Central Florida". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 63. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Marion County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 31 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Sitler, Nevin; Sitler, Ric (1 February 2013). The Sunshine Skyway Bridge: Spanning Tampa Bay. The History Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-62584-072-1.

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