• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus re-tik-u-LA-ta
    Plant type:Citrus
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design IdeasA wonderful patio tree with luscious fruit that you will want to keep within reach! Plant near a path or plant several for a screen.
    Companion PlantsContrast the slightly weeping foliage of 'Clementine' with the spiky blue and orange blooms of Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) and Jack Spratt New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Jack Spratt'), with its burgundy-bronze leaves. Create a halo of gold with California Gold Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea 'California Gold') on a trellis in the background.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Apply a citrus fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The mandarin orange originates in southeast Asia where it has been cultivated and hybridized for centuries. The trees are now classified exclusively by their cultivars and there are countless numbers of them. This cultivar is also known as the Algerian tangerine because it originated in northern Africa. It is among the most widely grown in California and figures into the family tree of many contemporary introductions.
    Lore:
    Very early citrus was brought to Europe by Arab traders where it was first grown in Northern Africa, traveled to Spain and finally to Mexico and elsewhere in the New World.