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Satsuma tangerine   

Citrus unshiu

Belonging to the Citrus genus, Satsuma tangerine has a botanical name of Citrus unshiu.

Seedless fruit.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Ghost white, and typically produces a strong citrus fragrance. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Orange. It is a flowering edible fruit that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Keep in mind when planning your garden that Satsuma tangerine is known for growing to a tree habit. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Satsuma tangerine is a great choice. Popular varieties of Satsuma tangerine include: Owari, Okitsu and Miyagawa.

Japan is believed to be where Satsuma tangerine originates from.

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How to grow Satsuma tangerine

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Produces the most fruit with winters that are cold, but not so cold as to kill the plant.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 - Zone 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Satsuma tangerine is thought of as half hardy, so it will require protection in frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Satsuma tangerine to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Satsuma tangerine from seed

Transplanting Satsuma tangerine

As Satsuma tangerine is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Satsuma tangerine problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Satsuma tangerine plants:

Sometimes the giant swallowtail butterfly will use this plant as a larval food source, do not consider these caterpillar pests.

Other names for Satsuma tangerine

Mikan, Wenzhou migan, Seedless mandarin, Naartjie, Mandarin, Tangerine, Satsuma orange, Satsuma mandarin, cold hardy mandarin

Satsuma tangerine care instructions

How long does Satsuma tangerine take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Satsuma tangerine

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