Tangerine Trees

Many Reasons to Grow Tangerine Trees


In addition to Tangerine trees producing delicious and edible fruit, they are beautiful.  Because of the gorgeous foliage coupled with the bright orange fruit, they add color and interest to an outdoor area.  The leaves of this tree are glossy and lance shaped.  For the stems, which are also called the petioles, these are somewhat winged.  Tangerine trees also produce delicate white flowers that appear in March and April and have a wonderful fragrance.  Because of this, these trees are a natural attractant to butterflies and honey bees.

Keep in mind that if you want to grow Tangerine trees, you will need to decide the exact species preferred.  Most people will choose the Japanese Satsuma or Clementine, although many other choices exist.  For the Clementine variety, a hybrid of the Tangerine and Seville tree was created, which was developed in France around 1902 by a missionary named Father Clement Rodier, thus the name.  By crossing these two trees, a juicy fruit without seeds and loose skin was produced.

Then for the Japanese Satsuma, the fruit is considered among the most delicious of all Tangerine trees.  In addition, this particular species is easy to find and during the blooming and fruit season, it produces an amazing fragrance.  The fruit from this tree is often referred to as the Mandarin orange.  Fruit grown from the horticulture class are an excellent choice.  You will also notice that fruit from Satsuma Tangerine trees tend to be larger than other tangerines and the skin is more of a yellow color than orange.

Tangerine trees can reach 20 feet tall at maturity and the fruit will continue to grow for about three months.  In addition to the beautiful color of the skin, tangerines are a juicy, sweet fruit that is loaded with vitamins.  In addition, this fruit does not have any seeds, which makes eating it easier.  Although adults love Tangerines, children especially appreciate this wonderful, seedless fruit.

Interestingly, Tangerine trees were first grown in China but with growing popularity, they were soon found growing throughout Europe.  Then around the early part of the 19th century, they were introduced to the United States.  Before long, citrus groves all over the country included different varieties of Tangerine trees.  Today, this type of tree is still highly popular in the US although China is still the number one producer.

As mentioned, the fruit from Tangerine trees is healthy.  Along with containing a high level of vitamin C, the fruit is loaded with fiber.  These two nutritional benefits support healthy teeth and gums and help fight off certain illnesses to include the common cold.  In fact, eating a single Tangerine would provide you with approximately 37% of the daily recommended allowance.

Two other types of Tangerine trees that have become favorite choices include the Fairchild and Dancy although the Minneola and Honey are also great choices.  While Tangerine trees can be found all over the United States, the states that produce the most include Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona.  Once flowers bloom, fruit will start to grow and continue anywhere from five to eighteen months based on the location grown, as well as species.  Just remember that when picking fruit, it can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator or one week at room temperature.



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