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PlantFiles: Ugli Fruit, Uniq Fruit, Unique Fruit
Citrus reticulata x paradisi

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: reticulata x paradisi
Additional cultivar information: (aka UGLIŽ fruit)

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mudguppy On May 13, 2008, mudguppy from Kallangur 28 km north of Brisb
Australia wrote:

From the pictures it looks to me like a wild lemon. In Australia it is known as a "Bush Lemon", its very tolerant of cool to hot climates 3 C -35C and or higher providing it gets a bit of water. It will survive in moderate drought[ no rain for 6 months. The fruit is liked by some species of Australian parrots[ Sulphur Crested Cockatoo] this is probably how the seeds are spread. The fuit can be eaten as is; thick skined and easy to peel;taste tarty-sweet-sour.

Positive cherieknapp On Mar 18, 2005, cherieknapp from Petoskey, MI wrote:

We live in Michigan and our son-in-law took the seeds from the fruit and just planted them in the peat pots that I had. They are now 3 years old and 2.5-3 feet tall. We keep them in a sunny window in the winter and on the porch in the summer. We have not had any blooms but are just going with the flow as we did not even thing the seeds would germinate. We use a multi purpose fertilizer every other month.

Positive mike120 On Jun 15, 2004, mike120 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

While living in the Middle East (Bahrain) in the late '70s they were all over. I brought back some seeds to my father in San Antonio, TX who got them to sprout. He had the tree in a pot and for years would move it into the garage during the winter. When it got too big he planted it. It is now over 25 years old, has done very well and still produces a lot of fruit. It tastes like a lemon and has very thick skin.

Neutral Thaumaturgist On Mar 11, 2004, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

UGLIŽ is the registered trade mark under which Cabel Hall Citrus Ltd. markets its brand of Tangelos grown in Jamaica.

This Tangelo is a variety of citrus fruit grown exclusively in Jamaica. It was discovered growing wild in Jamaica over 70 years ago and has been developed by the family of the owners of Trout Hall Ltd. into the commercial variety now in production in Jamaica. Its parentage combines the best characteristics of the Tangerine, Grapefruit and Seville Orange.

UGLIŽ Tangelos are easy to peel and may be eaten like a Tangerine, or they may be cut in half and eaten like a Grapefruit.

The fresh flavor of UGLIŽ Tangelos is delicious in many recipes, adding a subtle tang to both sweet and savory combinations. Being easy to peel, with generous sized segments, the UGLIŽ Tangelo lends itself to many dishes. It is exceedingly juicy, and has a flavor that does not need added sugar unless you have a very sweet tooth.

UGLIŽ Tangelos come in a variety of sizes, usually varying in diameter from 4 inches (10cm) to 6 inches (15cm). The simplest way to serve UGLIŽ Tangelos, is to halve it by cutting across, loosen the segments, and eat with a spoon - this is a delicious breakfast dish. For lunch or dinner, offer UGLIŽ Tangelos as a fruit course for dessert.

UGLIŽ Tangelos are remarkably juicy, and squeeze easily for deliciously refreshing drinks. A hot toddy of warmed UGLIŽ Tangelo juice and rum, sweetened with honey or brown sugar if you prefer, is highly restorative on a cold winters day. UGLIŽ Tangelo can also be used for many traditional recipes such as marmalade, fruit curd, toppings for cheesecake or added to fruit salad.

UGLIŽ Tangelos come in all sizes and many varieties of color from green to greenish-yellow, to yellow, and some even orange! Inside is always orange to deep orange in color, and although the early season fruit in December and January is slightly tangier than the later season fruit, they are all sweet and juicy!

Neutral Terry On Feb 7, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The Jamaican native "Ugli Fruit" is believed to be a chance hybrid of Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) and Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) Its common name refers to the misshapen, pockmarked fruit which is sweet and mild.


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

Merritt Island, Florida
Pukalani, Hawaii
Vieques, Puerto Rico
North Charleston, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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