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Scientific Name: Citrus tangelo J. Ingram & H. E Moore
Family: Rutaceae
Tangelo (Citrus  tangelo) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-9, 12-24

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Hybrid between tangerine and grapefruit

Growth Habits: Small evergreen tree.

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


Tree, hybrid between tangerine and grapefruit, bearing fruit which combines characters from both parents. Vigorous and cold-resistant. Several varieties are available. Minneola and Orlando need to be planted near other citrus trees for cross-pollination. The Temple tangor (C. sinensis x C. paradisi) bears a sweet, juicy fruit similar to tangelos.

Variety Zones (Sunset) Maturity Zone 13 Remarks
Minneola 8,9,12-24 12/15-3/1 ‘Minneola’ is a hybrid of ‘Duncan’ grapefruit and ‘Dancy’ mandarin. Fruit is mature beginning in January. The bright, orange red fruit is large and pear-shaped and typically have a fairly prominent neck; however, not all fruit exhibits this characteristic. The fruit has 7-12 seeds. Cross-pollination is recommended for regular production. ‘Dancy’, ‘Algerian’ and ‘Kinnow’ mandarins provide satisfactory pollen.
Orlando 8,9,12-24 11/1-1/15 ‘Orlando’ is the result of the same cross as the‘Minneola’ but is distinctly different. The fruit is medium in size but without the neck. It is harvested in November. Seediness depends on cross-pollination (0-35). Cross-pollination is recommended with ‘Algerian’, ‘Dancy’ or ‘Kinnow’ for regular and good production. This is one of the best juicing fruits available.
Source: University of Arizona: Cooperative Extension

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Low desert citrus varieties

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