Citrus Hybrid, 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)


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Where to Grow:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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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Seed Collecting:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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 gene... read more


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.