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Citrus clementina (Clementine)

Clementine


Citrus clementina (Clementine) is a medium-sized, evergreen tree prized for its medium-small to medium fruit that are sweet, juicy, and easy to peel. They can very easily be broken apart into 8 to 14 different segments.The flesh is deep orange, tender and melting, aromatic and less acid than oranges. The seeds are very few to medium in number, depending on cross-pollination. If self-pollinated, the fruit are usually seedless. If cross-pollinated, the fruits become seedy. Highly ornamental, the tree is of moderate vigor with a round and somewhat spreading growth habit. The fine-stemmed branchlets are willowy and nearly thornless. The dense foliage is highly variable in size, narrowly lanceolate and dark green. Citrus clementina is a tangor, a citrus fruit hybrid between a willowleaf mandarin orange (C. × deliciosa) and a sweet orange (C. × sinensis). It is a distinctive type of mandarin and is noted for having lower heat requirement than other mandarins, which means the tolerance to fruit maturity and sensitivity to unfavorable conditions during the flowering and fruit-setting period is higher. Whether planted in the ground or grown in a container, this early fruiting tree will reward you in winter with an excellent crop of juicy fruit rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

  • Grows up to 8-12 ft. tall (240-360 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in well-drained soils. Needs water regularly but cannot stand flooding or saturated soils. Water once every 1-2 weeks in spring and summer, once every 3 weeks in fall or winter.
  • Thrives in warm climates and is hardy to 32 ºF (0ºC). Grow it indoors in a warm, sunny room and move it outdoors in late spring to a sunny spot protected from wind.
  • Prune to your desired size.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings and grafting.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Citrus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Citrus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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