• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 10-12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible
    Blooms:
    Spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus re-tik-u-LA-ta
    Plant type:Citrus
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 10-12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleMediterranean, Tropical
    Design IdeasThis shrubby, small tree is ideal near a sunny path where the fragrant flowers can be enjoyed along with the tasty winter fruit.
    Companion PlantsGraduate the height of this planting with Zuni Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Zuni'), which is slightly lower and will create interest with its bronzy new growth to orange-red fall color. Add the red-flowering Dwarf Pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Nana') and Blue Point Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point'), with its pyramidal form, to complement the evergreen.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced once established. 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 name tangerine is believed to mean "of or from Tangiers", and this cultivar is also known as tangerine. It is thought to have been a thornless sport of another mandarin cultivar of unknown origin. From Morocco it was introduced into Florida where it became the leading commercial variety for the winter holiday market. Mandarin oranges originate in Southeast Asia and were introduced to the Middle Ages by early Arab traders.
    Lore:
    Citrus came to America via Spain to Mexico then north to the California missions where the west coast industry was born.