A rare treat for your edible garden, the Sudachi Mandarin Tree (Citrus riticulata 'Sudachi') is a Lime-like Citrus tree from Japan. It is similar to the Yuzu Citron but is smaller, juicier and less seedy! Like Yuzu, it is a cross between a Mandarin and a Lime. Unlike Yuzu, it is the juice - not the rind - that is most prized.
For a few months in late summer and early fall, Farmer's Markets in the sunbelt states get the luxury of Sudachi Mandarins showing up in small batches in the booths. If you blink though, you'll miss them, because they are snatched up so quickly by local chefs and foodies.
And these aren’t just great for the delicious fruit, these are gorgeous ornamental trees with fragrant clouds of white blossoms and glossy green leaves that are evergreen all year!
Sudachi is used to flavor soups, fish dishes and especially Matsutake mushrooms. It has a distinctive spicy aroma that chefs say is like lime, pepper, dill and cumin all in one. The flavor is best when they are harvested green and about the size of a Ping-Pong ball.
Plant in the front or back yard for a wonderful shade tree and specimen planting! Park some chairs beneath the boughs and smell the blooms, watch the butterflies and hummingbirds flutter, or sit back and watch as your harvest ripens!
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Nature Hills Nurseries 3-year old trees arrive well-branched and thickly rooted, ready for planting in your favorite container, or in your garden if you live where Citrus Trees thrive outdoors. These make great additions to your edible garden!
Until recently, the Sudachi Mandarin Tree fruits were very rare in America. While they certainly aren't common now, they are available in limited quantities from Nature Hills, but you need to act fast. Order yours from NatureHills.com today as soon as the next crop becomes available!
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus riticulata 'Sudachi'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 5 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Pruning Time||Late Winter|