Clementine (Citrus reticulata 'Clementine')

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The Clementine, popularly nicknamed the “Christmas Orange” or Mandarin, is a subtropical evergreen fruit tree native to Southeast Asia. A broadleaf member of the Rutaceae family along with other Citrus, the cold-hardy Clementine is a thorny branched, glossy canopied tree or shrub with the ability to be grown in a container. 

Clementine’s fragrant white flowers perfume the air with honey-sweet scents of citrus hinting at their delicacy to come. With a juicy sweet-tart balance, the Clementine’s flesh is a virtually seed-free snack inside an easy-to-peel flesh. Many favor the vitamin-C rich fruits for their lunch-packs or trail-snacks, but back in the day when citrus was less available, folks would gift the “Christmas Oranges”  for the holidays. So here’s to having a gift that keeps giving, this tree is a food forest favorite you’re bound to enjoy!

Planting, cultural care, pruning, and harvesting are similar for all citrus plants, with a few slight variations. Generally, they are best planted in filtered sun with well-drained soil that can hold moisture and nutrients. Citrus trees a particularly high demand for nitrogen. If you’re fantasizing about long afternoons of picking fresh fruit from your personal citrus grove, keep this in mind: The key to growing citrus is setting it up for success from the start.

Plant Type:
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Main citrus fruit production will take place in late winter through spring, but may produce throughout the year

Mature Size:
7-30 ft

Mature size varies by citrus tree type. Overall, citrus varieties can be grown in containers and maintained at smaller sizes.

Soil & Moisture:
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Overall, citrus prefers slightly shady areas and has better fruit production in part shade lighting conditions.


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Although their fruit provides a distinctly tropical twist to any drink or dish, Citrus trees trees are actually very cold hardy fruit trees, taking temperatures down to the low 20's!

Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 1 year.

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Sweet, tangy, juicy citrus fruit is more than just a delicious snack or an essential ingredient in your Sunday afternoon mimosas!

Citrus (especially oranges) is an amazing source of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps prevent and treat the common cold/upper respiratory infections and improve heart health. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own so you need to get it from fruits like citrus, fresh vegetables, berries, etc.

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