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Citrus reticulata (Tangerine)


Citrus reticulata 'Changsha'


'Changsha' is an older hybrid of the Citrus reticulata that is one of the cold-hardiest of the citrus for Texas. When grown from seed and acclimated to the landscape, it can tolerate temperatures as low as 15 F. 

Known as Mandarin, Tangerine, or Satsuma, this citrus tree is known simply for its tasty fruit. 

The lance shaped leaves are shiny dark green and have winged petioles, making them look trifoliate. They sometimes hide the spines that you’ll find on the stems. Overall, the Mandarin tree will form a natural symmetrical round crown that rarely needs pruning. Extremely fragrant flowers appear in the spring attracting a multitude of honeybees. In the fall and early winter, the four-inch wide mandarins will ripen and are loose-skinned and sweet to the taste; they must remain on the tree till fully ripened.

It is somewhat cold hardy, but still best planted on the southern side of a building for protection, or grown in containers so it can be moved in the winter when needed. If exposed to extreme lows, the leaves will completely drop, but return in the spring if it wasn’t too serious. 

Citrus Tree
Fragrant Blooming Tree
Container Tree


15 Feet



15 Feet

Interesting Notes

 Fruits are toxic to pets.

USDA Hardiness Zone 8b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs