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PlantFiles: Mandarin Orange, Satsuma, Tangerine
Citrus reticulata 'Ponkan'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TamsTrees On Aug 19, 2005, TamsTrees from Clewiston, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite tangerines. When ripe it has loose zipper skin. It's larger then most tangerines and has a slight bumpy skin. The flesh is sweet and juicy.

When purchasing citrus trees always make sure they are grafted and come from a certified nursery. Grafted trees should begin to get fruit in the very first year, however the tree may be too young to support the fruit. 5 to 7 gallons is a good size to allow it to fruit.


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

Gainesville, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Rotonda West, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Natchez, Mississippi
North Charleston, South Carolina

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