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

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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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.