Temple Orange (Citrus Reticulate)
⚠ Citrus ships to Florida only ⚠
The container-friendly Temple Orange, or Tangor, is a subtropical evergreen fruit tree said to be native to Jamaica, where a fruit buyer by the name of Boyce sent a budwood to Winter Park in 1896. A member of the Rutaceae family along with other Citrus, the thorny-branched Temple Orange came to be through a hybrid of the Sweet Orange and Mandarin Orange.
The deep orange-to-red fruit runs 3 inches in diameter and bears a leathery gloss full of fragrant pores of essential oil. Easy to peel, the Temple Orange’s tender flesh is found inside a loosely clinging pith, bearing bright, sweet-tart, juicy flavor ending in a sweet spice. The flesh color ranging from green to orange, depending on location. Nutrient rich, they provide vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, fiber, calcium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants!
Try these unique, hard to find Temple Oranges fresh out of hand or put them in a salad. They make great juice and ice cream as well! Zest those peels up and make yourself a fragrant cranberry orange muffin!The possibilities are endless. Highly regarded in Florida as a snacking favorite, they were once marketed as the “Ten Dollar a Box” competition with more costly oranges and quickly grew to favor.
With these treats just a pluck away when they’re in your yard, the Temple Orange is a great way to get your citrus on!
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.
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree
Winter, Spring, Year-round
Main citrus fruit production will take place in late winter through spring, but may produce throughout the year
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.
Full Sun, Part Shade
Overall, citrus prefers slightly shady areas and has better fruit production in part shade lighting conditions.
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.
Sow Exotic offers many different unique varieties of Citrus trees. Shop the Citrus Collection!