• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 10-12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible
    Blooms:
    Early spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • 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 growing to 10-12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design IdeasWith the exception of desert areas, this small tree bearing delicious fruit is an excellent choice for an enclosed patio garden in full sun. Attractive, spreading form is a lovely accent or focal point in fruit and pleasantly fragrant in flower.
    Companion PlantsAs a sharp contrast to the slender, spreading form of the mandarin, try Firebird Canna (Canna x generalis 'Firebird'), with its tropical looking, paddle-shaped leaves and crimson flowers. The red-pink flower clusters of Canberra Gem Grevillea (Grevillea x 'Canberra Gem') are also a good foil. Use Purple SpreaderTM Garden Verbena (Verbena x hybrida 'Homestead') as an attractive, trailing groundcover.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a citrus fertilizer in spring; repeat in fall.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The mandarin orange originated in southeast Asia where it has been cultivated and hybridized for centuries. They are now classified exclusively by cultivars. This variety is among the Japanese satsuma type mandarins that ripen very early. 'Owari' is ancient, developed in Japan very early on and has been continually cultivated ever since. It is in the ancestry of all Satsumas grown today.
    Lore:
    Citrus fruit was carried on the ships of early sea farers because its vitamin C content was high enough to keep the dreaded disease, scurvy, at bay on long voyages. Citrus fruit is valued for fresh eating, marmalade, and many other culinary dishes.