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Satsuma tangerine   

Citrus unshiu

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

Seedless fruit.

One of the sweetest citrus varieties with a melting tender texture, about the size of other mandarin oranges. Has thin, leathery skin dotted with large and prominent oil glands, which is lightly attached around the fruit, enabling it to be peeled very easily in comparison with other citrus fruits.1

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.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Satsuma tangerine is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Satsuma tangerine have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Satsuma tangerine

  • Full Sun

  • 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.

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Satsuma tangerine Folklore & Trivia

Satsumas grown in humid areas may be ripe while the skin is still green.1

Other names for Satsuma tangerine

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



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