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. It 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. 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.

The community is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Popular tenor James Melton grew up in Citra.

Citra is also home to the Orange Shop, a historic market for citrus, honey, candies, and souvenirs.


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.[2]

Other Facts about Citra[edit]

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. [3]


  1. ^ Melton, Faye Perry (1987). Citra - Home of the Pineapple Orange. F.P. Melton. p. 122. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ Bean WB, Thomas WC Jr. Walter Reed in Florida. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 1973;84:203-11.

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