California Honey Mandarin Tree

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There is a reason that they call this tree 'Honey'. Of all of the Mandarins, the California Honey Mandarin Tree (Citrus x reticulata 'California Honey') consistently ranks as the best tasting and smelling of all the Mandarin and Tangerine trees available!

You won't find the California Honey in your local grocery store. The fruits are on the small side and have more seeds than commercial industries like. Their loss is your gain, though! One taste of this and you'll be spoiled from any store-bought fruit again! This Citrus is very juicy and tastes like spiced honey.

The fragrant white flowers emerge in late spring and produce delicious fruit that ripens from November through April. The shrubby trees have dark willowy leaves and are beautiful on their own, with or without fruit!

Planting and Application:

These are perfect ornamental landscaping trees, retaining their evergreen foliage year-round, you'll also enjoy the scented blooms and dangling gems. We're certain a grouping or privacy hedgerow of these trees will turn heads! A single tree-form specimen will quickly become a drool-worthy addition to your edible landscaping. While shrub forms offer screening and definition.

If you live in a colder climate, simply plant them in a container. Bring your tree indoors near a sunny window, and let the intoxicating citrus scent brighten your home during cold winter days.

  • Prolific Producer
  • Honey Spiced Taste
  • Fragrant
  • Grow Indoors & Out
  • Specimen, Hedgerow or Container Tree

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Citrus Trees prefer full sun and fertile, very well-drained soil conditions. It requires a moderate amount of watering, preferring to dry out slightly between waterings. If you will be growing it in the ground, please ensure it has good drainage. If you see puddles long after a rain, you'll want to build a raised bed 12 to 18 inches high and 3 feet square.

In colder climates, this tree growing in a container must be moved indoors for winter. Give it the brightest light you can and maintain moderate humidity to produce fruit successfully. Keep it in a greenhouse or attached sunroom is best.

Citrus is an acid-loving plant and prefers acid soils with a pH of 6 to 6.5. Fertilize with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer. For best results, apply twice a year in the ground, once in the spring and once again in the late winter. A well-fed Citrus tree is better prepared to tolerate cold temperatures through the fall and winter months. For containers, apply fertilizer every 3 months.

A single tree will produce fruit, but we recommend planting at least two for the largest fruit set.

Protecting Container Citrus From Cold

If you're growing these tropical trees in the ground in the lowest of their favored growing zones, they need to be planted in a sheltered spot to avoid the worst of the chill. If a spot like that is unavailable then you are better off planting in a large, deep container.

This Citrus variety naturally grows successfully in marginal Citrus areas (USDA zones 8 to 4). But Citrus trees grown in these zones should be grown in containers and brought indoors before the wintertime.

In cooler growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors in the early fall or moving them into a protected location, eventually moving your tree inside in bright indirect sun for the winter if the temperatures in your area ever dip below that 40F range.

In spring, reverse this process and begin acclimating your tree to again be back out in the full sun all summer. This reduces stress and leaf drop.

Like all of our Citrus, these trees are a minimum of three years old, have extensive branching, and have some of the largest root systems available. We take pride in delivering you the highest quality citrus trees with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage.

  • Maintain at any size best for your needs with some simple Pruning
  • Full sun, low moisture needs once established - let dry out some between waterings
  • Provide regular fertilizer
  • Slightly acidic soil that's enriched & well-drained
  • Learn about Caring for your Citrus Tree in our Garden Blog

For the sweetest most flavorful Mandarin on the market, you'll be glad you didn't wait and got yourself or that special someone this beautiful tree! Order a California Honey Mandarin Tree now at before they sell out and enjoy the benefits of growing your own Citrus fruit anywhere in the U.S.!

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California Honey 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 x reticulata 'California Honey'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes

Notice On Shipping Citrus: Agricultural Laws Prevent Us From Shipping Citrus Trees Into AZ, LA, TX, and Maybe Prevented in FL or CA