Mandarin Orange, Satsuma, Tangerine 'Dancy'

Citrus reticulata

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: reticulata (reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dancy



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring





Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By budding

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California

Canoga Park, California

Irvine, California

Mountain View, California

Paradise, California

Rialto, California

San Anselmo, California

Bartow, Florida

Jupiter, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Natchez, Mississippi

Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2006, oscaralberto from North Port, FL wrote:

I bought this one and a much smaller Meyer lemon 2 1/2 years ago. The Meyer Lemon Took off wildly, got big and gave me lots of lemons. The much smaller lemon (when i bought it) tree is actually 3 to 4 times the size of this tree. This tree it is barely the same size like when I bought it 2 years ago. Very slow grower and only gave me 2 small fruits a long while ago. I am so frustrated with this one that Im thinking of removing it it. The only reason I did not give it a negative experience is because of all the hurricanes and bad weather here in south west florida in the last 2 years.


On Mar 16, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This tree has the sweetest fruit I have ever tasted.


On Feb 19, 2004, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Dancy, the best-known citrus of the Mandarin type is one of the oldest Tangerine varieties available in Florida. It grew from a seed of the Moragne Tangerine of Algiers of North Africa in the grove of one Col. F. L. Dancy of Orange Mills, Florida in 1867.

Availability of the Dancy starts during the Christmas time.

Although it is easy to peel, and has a great flavor with lots of juice, the Dancy has gone to a relative obscurity in recent times because of its seediness (anywhere from 6 to 20) and a smaller size. It has since been replaced by new Tangerine hybrids like Robinson, Sunburst and the ever popular Honey (Murcott).

Dancy has a tendency to be alternate bearing, yielding a larger crop of smaller fruits one year followed by a smaller crop ... read more