Citrus x 'Minneola'Item #2675 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 10
Delightful tangerine-grapefruit hybrid produces juicy, thick skinned orange-red fruit with a rich tangerine flavor. Winter ripening fruit has few seeds. Great in containers, indoors or out. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SIT-rusPlant type:CitrusDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing, round headed form to 12 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early springFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasWith its handsome, deep-green foliage and shrubby form, this Citrus is a good choice for containers. Makesa fine small scale shade tree or an accent with high degree of fragrance and fruit color. Grow in a citrus orchard or insert into existing landscape. Great long range focal point or position to screen off undesirable land uses.Companion PlantsPatriot Compact Lantana (Lantana camara 'Rainbow'), with its yellow-orange-fuchsia flower clusters, intensifies the orange-red of this Citrus' fruit. Brighten up the evergreen with the contrasting texture and ivory blooms of Ivory Tower Yucca (Yucca filamentosa 'Ivory Tower') and add a low planting of Dwarf Myrtle (Myrtus communis 'Compacta'), a compact shrub with creamy white flowers.
- CareCare InformationRequires 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. Apply a citrus fertilizer in spring; repeat in fall.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Tangelos are hybrids of grapefruit, 'C. paradisi, and the mandarin tangerine, C. reticulata. Minneola is specifically the offspring of 'Dancy' mandarin and the Florida grapefruit, 'Duncan'. This is the most commercially important tangelo in California agriculture although they are also grown in Florida.Lore:Citrus was first brought to European cultivation in Spain by Arab traders who found them in Asia.