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Easy Peel and Super Sweet

Looking for an easy peeling, sweet tasting, snackable fruit for your garden? Golden Nugget Mandarins are all that and more. These guys 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.

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

These late season citrus typically ripen up between March and May and deliver a mine-load of fruit per tree. Golden Nugget Mandarins give you 15% of your daily vitamin A and C needs, too, and since you grow them yourself you can be confident that you are feeding your family the healthiest fruit available.

These make great landscape trees but also excel in containers in a sunny window if you're in a place where winters are cold.

Nature Hills ships strong, young trees with great branching and hardy roots to get you off to a great start. Order yours today!

  • Voted one of the best tasting citrus in the world!
  • Easy peel, palm-sized fruit
  • Great in containers

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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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 Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
Growing Zones 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
More Information
Botanical Name Citrus reticulata Blanco
Mature Height 8 - 10 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes