4 years to reach maturity
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Willowleaf Mandarin Overview
This easy-peeling mandarin, or naartjie fruit, is a winter favourite in South Africa. A mild, sweet-flavoured citrus fruit with a thin, smooth rind and seedless flesh. The colourful orange fruit against the dark green, glossy foliage makes for a striking display in any garden. The satsuma mandarin tree is the most cold-tolerant citrus of commercial importance, only the kumquat is more cold hardy.
Common problems with Willowleaf Mandarin
Willowleaf Mandarin Companion Plants
How to propagate Willowleaf Mandarin
Starting from seed, germinating Satsuma seeds will produce two seed leaves as they sprout. The seeds require loamy, well-drained soil for the best chance at germination. It will take about 8 years to get fruit on a tree grown from seed.
Citrus trees are made by grafting or budding the desired cultivar onto a suitable rootstock.
Special features of Willowleaf Mandarin
Manderin trees can be planted in pots but make sure they are well positioned in a sunny spot.
Attracts useful insects
Bees pollinate the flowers
Other uses of Willowleaf Mandarin
The fruits are one of the sweetest citrus varieties. In Chinese cuisine the dried peel is also used.