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Citrus reticulata /Satsuma

Citrus reticulata  / Citrus reticulata
Tree with ripe fruit
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Tree with ripe fruit

Large, mature tree with fruit in late autumn

Ripe fruit in late autumn or early winter

Cluster of satsumas

Star-shaped, fragrant flowers

Citrus growing in orchard at LSU Research Station

Sprig of late winter flower buds

Cluster of flower buds

Close-up of fruit in early November

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Scientific Name: Citrus reticulata
Common Name: Satsuma
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: The favorite citrus fruit for the home garden. White fly, leaf miners, and sooty mold can be problems. Can tolerate freezing temperatures for short periods. Because of the mild winters in recent years satsuma trees have grown quite large and produce a bountiful crop of fruit each year. Fertilize citrus trees in late winter or early spring. Recommended varieties of trees for the home grounds include 'Owari,' 'Obswase 891,' 'Armstrong's Early,' and 'Nordman.'