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‘Minneola’ tangelos (photo courtesy of Richard Shiell)
‘Minneola’ tangelos (photo courtesy of Richard Shiell)

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Zone
Zones 8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Citrus, Tangelo

Rutaceae
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Trees

Early citrus-breeding experiments produced the tangelo, a cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit. A cross between a tangelo and a grapefruit (‘Wekiwa’) is sometimes called a tangelolo. All of these hybrids produce their best fruit in warm-summer areas.

‘Minneola’: Hybrid of ‘Dancy’ mandarin and a white-fleshed grapefruit. Large, smooth, bright orange-red fruit tastes much like a mandarin. Few seeds. Ripens mid- to late winter; stores on tree for 2 months. Tree not as large or dense as grapefruit.

‘Wekiwa’: May be sold as pink tangelo or ‘Lavender Gem’. A cross between a tangelo and a grapefruit; looks like a small grapefruit but is eaten like a mandarin. Juicy, mild flesh tastes like a mix of sweet orange, grapefruit, and mandarin; color is purplish rose in hot climates. Fruit ripens from late fall into winter.

 

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