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Mandarin, Tangerine
Scientific Name: Citrus reticulata Blanco
Family: Rutaceae
Mandarin, Tangerine (Citrus  reticulata)
Tangerine flower, fruit and leaves (Citrus reticulata), U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-9, 12-24
USDA: 9b-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growth Habits: Tree

Watering Needs: Don't let the soil dry completely, needs good drainage


Tree of attractive growth habit, fairly resistant to cold, whose beauty is enhanced by the waxy, deep orange-colored fruit in season. Dancy ripens before Christmas, as does Clementine, which can be "stored on the tree" in good condition for months. Closely related are the cold-hardy and early dwarf Owari Satsuma, which ripens from October to Christmas, and the Kara, Honey and Kinnow mandarins.

Variety Zones (Sunset) Maturity Zone 13 Remarks
Clementine 8,9,12-24 Nov-January (Algerian tangerine) sweet, very rich flavor in a deep orange fruit. Few seeds (3-6). Produces more with 'Dancy'as a pollinator.
Daisy 8,9,12-24 Dec-January Hybrid between a 'Fortune' clementine and 'Fremont' mandarin. Deep orange color. Sweet, but acid, with the acidity persisting as the fruit ages. Seedy (15-20 seeds). Self-fertile.
Dancy 8,9,12-24 Dec-January Deep red-orange, smooth and glossy skin. (10-14 seeds)
Fairchild 8,9,12-24 Nov-December Hybrid between a 'Clementine' mandarin and an 'Orlando' tangelo. Fruit about 2.5 inches in diameter, nearly round to semi-flat, sweet and very juicy, moderately seedy, not as seedy as 'Kinnow' (10-14 seeds). 'Temple' is a good pollinator for it.
Kinnow 8,9,12-24 Dec-February Hybrid between 'King' x 'Willow-leaf'. Sweet, aromatic and juicy but with often a seedy fruit (12-24 seeds). Tends to alternate bears.
Source: University of Arizona: Cooperative Extension

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Low desert citrus varieties

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