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Citrus reticulata 'Changsha'

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

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eyeckr On Dec 13, 2005, eyeckr from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of the better cold hardy citrus varieties that can actually be eaten out of hand. Although very seedy, it has a fair amount of sweet and no typical kerosene-like or bitter taste associated w/ most cold hardy citrus. This plant is often grown from seed and does well on its own roots as long as there is good drainage. Here in Virginia Beach this plant when young may freeze and suffer die back but once established proves its cold hardy nature.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Lake City, Florida
Tampa, Florida
North Charleston, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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