Tangelos

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Aug 162011
 

A Tangelo is a hybrid cross between a Mandarin and a Grapefruit. They are all self-fertile and rapid growers that can reach around 4-8 metres tall by 4 metres wide. They are evergreen very attractive trees attractive. They make a great specimen tree, hedge or screen and are very hardy and cold tolerant. They prefer full sun.

Varieties

Minneola

A mid-season variety with large bright red to orange fruit and a glossy, thin skin. This one has a really tasty grapefruit flavour, which makes up for the fact that it is sometimes hard to peel. The tree only tends to bear fruit every second year (biennial bearing).

Seminole

This tangelo was bred in the USA and has similar fruit to a Minneola except that the skin is bright orange and the tree itself tends to over bear, making fruit smaller. It is wise for the home gardener growing this one to practise thinning the fruit. Fruit is late, ripening around July or August.

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