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

Citrus

Tangor
Rutaceae
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Trees

Hybrid between mandarin and sweet orange; often labeled as an orange—or, in the case of ‘Murcott’, as a tangerine—whensold in grocery stores. Thesethree tangors are thought to benaturally occurring hybridsrather than breeder-developedvarieties. ‘Temple’ is widelygrown in low desert; ‘Murcott’and ‘Ortanique’ are sometimesgrown in Hawaii.

'Murcott'.Bears more heavily in alternate years. Vigorous,upright tree bears very sweet,seedy, yellowish orange fruitfrom late winter into spring.Marketed in stores as ‘Honey’tangerine (no relation to ‘Honey’mandarin).

‘Ortanique’. Sweet, juicy, variablyseedy fruit ripening fromspring to summer. Sometimeshas a small navel. Large,spreading tree.

‘Temple’. Flattened, deepbright orange fruit is looseskinned and easy to peel. Tender-textured, juicy pulp is flavorfulbut not too sweet. Fruit hasbest quality in Zone 13; it is tooacidic in more temperate climates.Ripens in early spring.Bushy, thorny tree to 12 ft. tallwith greater spread; 6–8 ft.wide on dwarf stock. More coldsensitive than other tangors.

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