Gold Nugget Mandarin Tree

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Easy-Peel & Super-Sweet Gold Nugget Mandarin!

  • Voted One of the Best Tasting Citrus in the World!
  • Palm-Sized Fruit with Wrinkled Unusual Rind
  • Seedless & Easy-to-Peel!
  • Rich & Sweet-Tasting
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Great in Containers
  • Vigorous Grower
  • Pollinator Friendly
  • Full Sun Loving!
  • Fragrant White Blooms!
  • Segments Separate Easily
  • Firm Flesh Bursts With Juice

Looking for an easy peeling, sweet-tasting, snackable fruit for your garden?

The sweet and juicy Golden Nugget Mandarins (Citrus reticulata 'Blanco') are all that and more! These may be small, but they pack a HUGE taste!

Golden Nugget Mandarins have been voted one of the best-flavored varieties of Citrus IN THE WORLD by professional taste panels! Described as rich, juicy and sweet!

Golden Nugget gets its name from the sparkling deep-orange color of the segments inside, as well as the bumpy nugget-like texture of the rind. The rind easily peels from the fruit, making this a perfect snack fruit and very kid-friendly.

Tuck some in your lunchboxes and everyone is happy! These fruits are typically seedless, which only adds to their easy-to-eating quality!

As blooming trees go, these are gorgeous landscape trees but also excel in containers in a sunny window if you're in a place where winters are cold.

The fragrantly sweet white blooms perfume the air and call pollinators and butterflies from far and wide!

How to Use Gold Nugget Mandarin In The Landscape

The fruits typically ripen between March and May and deliver a large crop per tree.

Golden Nugget Mandarins provide 15% of your daily vitamin A and C, and since you've grown them yourself, you can be confident that you are feeding your family the healthiest fruit available!

Fantastic landscaping trees, the rounded shape, glossy leaves plus their modest size enable these ornamental trees to be planted anywhere in your garden and accent all sized lots!

Creating a low privacy screen or fantastic specimen planting in your front or back gardens, around patios or porches! Keeping them close by so you can enjoy the fragrance from the flowers and see the gorgeous jewels growing on the branches!

Perfect for containers both indoors and out, Gold Nugget tolerates any sunny site. For colder zones, these are wonderful accents around your porch or terrace for the summer and can be brought back inside for the winter.

Indoors, any sunny window providing full sun is perfect for Gold Nugget to flourish. Or provide some supplemental lighting to extend the light.

Nothing is like picking a ripe, juicy fruit straight from a tree you grew yourself! The sweet flavor is incomparable to anything bought in the store!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Citrus trees usually require full sun, for the most flowers and therefore the best fruit on your tree. Gold Nugget is one of the few Citrus that can tolerate some partial shade, but still requires about 6-7 hours or more per day for the best harvest.

It is vital you provide very well-drained soil for Citrus. Standing water and soggy conditions quickly lead to root rot. Provide a loose mixture of sandy, light soil.

Containers need ample drainage holes for these trees to do their best. Plants in containers will not need much water during their dormant winter indoors.

For lush plants with the healthiest foliage and larger crops, use a light hand with fertilizers and maintain an acidic pH. For plants that aren't currently fruiting, consider applying organic Citrus fertilizer monthly in spring and again in summer during the growing season. Feed planted Mandarin container plants right before you take them outside for the summer.

Nature Hills ships vigorous, strong young trees with great branching and hardy roots to ensure you're off to a great start. Order yours today and see what everyone has been raving about!

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Gold Nugget Mandarin Grown for Incredible Taste

The Gold Nugget Mandarin is an introduction from UC Riverside in California. The original cross was done in the 1950's between a Wilking (King tangor x Willowleaf mandarin) x Kincy (King tangor x Dancy mandarin). The color and nugget-like skin were considered in the naming of the fruit.

In 1975, D.K. Soot and J.W. Cameron make the first selection and establish a new planting for evaluation at UC Riverside's test orchards. Showing much promise, the variety was then sent to the Lindcove Research and Extension center in Exeter California to be established in the Clean Budwood Program in 1986.

Under the watchful eye of Mikael Roose and Tim Williams at UC Riverside, the Gold Nugget or 'Pixie Like' as it was referred to, fared very well in the evaluations. At first being referred to as 'Pixie Like' because of its similarity to the Pixie mandarin, Gold Nugget was evaluated over the next 4 years and determined to be a much different selection than the Pixie Mandarins.

Having many attributes that pointed to the exceptional quality and the popularity of the mandarins growing in the early 1990's, the Gold Nugget's late ripening and exceptional long hang time made it a popular selection for the home gardener almost immediately.

Some confusion occurs in the early 1990's when the selection is released as 'Pixie Like'. For a brief time, growers receive the 'Pixie Like', but concerns arose, and it was brought back and re-released as Gold Nugget Mandarin.

Mikael and Williams start recommending the Gold Nugget Mandarin to commercial growers based on its rich, sweet flavor, medium to large fruit size, and easy to peel skin. Compared to the Pixie, it was determined to be better shaped and produced a larger fruit. Pixie was already recognized for its fine fruit flavor and became established as a great mid-season selection.

Gold Nugget was evaluated by professional taste testers at that time and was declared one of the best tasting Mandarins in the world, giving it almost instant attention from the commercial growers.

Today, the Gold Nugget is a favorite of both the home gardener and the commercial growers wherever citrus does well, around the world.


Gold Nugget Mandarin Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
Growing Zones 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus reticulata 'Blanco'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 8 - 10 Feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes