Dancy Tangerine Tree

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A Mandarin variety from Tangiers, Morocco, the Dancy Tangerine (Mandarin) Tree (Citrus reticulata 'Dancy') will provide many years of enjoyment! It's beloved and well-known as a heavy producer of zippy, sweet, easily peeled fruit. Dancy's fine flavor, dependable heavy set and climate adaptability make it a top Mandarin favorite, mistakenly referred to as Tangerines, the name stuck!

One of the best varieties for container growing, Dancy Tangerine Mandarin is beloved by Northern gardeners for its compact size. The tiny, fragrant, waxy white flowers will perfume your whole house or landscape! The fruit colors up right after Thanksgiving. You'll love the beautiful display of orange, spherical fruit hanging against the dark green, rough-textured foliage.

The brilliant orange fruit stays on the tree for months! Dancy Tangerines have juicy red-orange flesh that fully ripens around December, giving it the nickname of the Christmas Tangerine. You won't be able to buy these holiday delicacies from your supermarket though. It plays an important role in the Chinese New Year each year!

Planting and Application:

Whether you live in USDA growing zones 9 or 10 and can grow this beautiful, fruit-bearing tree in the ground, or you can use it as an indoor/outdoor container plant, on patios or porches! Keep Dancy hedges pruned to whatever size you need - either for easy picking or for privacy. They make the perfect screening and property division tree with their dense, year-round evergreen canopy!

This fruit is commercially sold as a component of fresh and frozen juice. Add the tangy juice to your Mimosa for a special Brunch Cocktail. You'll love growing your own! They're healthy and fun for kids to eat, packed full of antioxidants and vitamins. A few would be the perfect lunchbox or after-school treat!

With its abundant fruit set, flowers and broadleaf evergreen foliage, it's a great focal point in your edible landscape plant! The tree almost looks like it was strung with orange bulbs at Christmas!

  • Easy to Peel Juicy Fruit
  • Dwarf Plant Perfect for Containers
  • Fantastic Fragrant Flowers
  • Historical Variety & Important for Chinese New Year
  • Early Mid-Season Heavy Harvest
  • Wonderful Shaggy Foliage & Brilliant Fruit Display

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Citrus Trees are full sun plants, needing a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. More sun means stronger growth, more flowers, and therefore more fruit! Preferring morning sun to dry the leaves of dew, these plants also like good air circulation to keep the foliage healthy.

Citrus need very well-drained soils that don't hold excess moisture. Mound up your planting area if you suspect poor drainage and container plants need deep planters with plenty of drainage holes. They also prefer their soil on the acidic side.

Let these plants dry out slightly between waterings and never allow their roots to sit in water. Plants in containers will not need much water during their dormant winter indoors. Citrus trees will not tolerate standing water, so please don't overwater.

For lush plants with dark green leaves and plenty of fruit, set up a regular fertilizer routine, but use a light hand with fertilizers. For plants that aren't holding on to fruit, consider applying organic Citrus fertilizer monthly in spring and again in summer during the growing season. Feed planted Clementine container plants again right before you take them outside for the summer. Feed in-ground planted Clementines once during the dormant season.

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.

In borderline growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors or 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.

  • Full Sun
  • Very Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Low Moisture Once Established
  • Regular Fertilizer
  • Prune After Fruiting

One of the oldest varieties grown in the U.S. and first cultivated in Florida in 1867, just after the Civil War ended, Dancy Tangerine Mandarin Tree's flavor was prized then and remains to this day! Order your own delicious history from NatureHills.com today!

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Fantastic Dancy Mandarin for Home Gardens

Is it a Tangerine or a Mandarin? Science says Mandarin, but history says Tangerine. The fact is that the name helped to propel the Dancy to the #1 Mandarin grown in Florida by the mid 1890's, and with its popularity the name Tangerine became associated with all Mandarins to this day.

A prominent figure in Florida history, Colonel G.L. Dancy of Orange Mills Florida is credited with the introduction and naming of the Dancy Tangerine. It was said to be a seedling that originated on the N.H. Moragne ranch in about 1843. The tree the seed comes from was planted by Major Atwater the previous owner of the Palatka city property.

The name tangerine originates from the region that Major Atwater had acquired the tree -Tangiers, Morocco. This accounts for the spelling "tangierine" on the Moragne selection.

Colonel Dancy's seedlings began producing in about 1867, and by 1872 the fruit's superior quality was in demand commercially. Dancy by this time had fully retired and the value of his tangerine became extra income for the family. Finally, in 1877 the Dancy Tangerine was recognized as a new selection, superior to the Moragne Tangierine by the Pomological Committee of the Florida Fruit Growers Association.

Colonel Dancy passed in 1890, and the Dancy Tangerine was sold to the Rolleston Nursery of San Mateo, Florida. It soon became the most popular mandarin planted in Florida.

Today, Dancy Tangerine (Mandarin) is planted throughout the Citrus growing regions of the world where it maintains its appreciation for its heavy fragrant bloom and equally heavy fruit set which makes it a favorite for Chinese New Year celebrations. The Dancy is also highly sought after for its wonderfully flavored, high juice content.

Though newer seedless varieties have come to take their place as one of the most planted Mandarin selections, the Dancy has played an important part in the development of these varieties. Quite often it will be found as a parent variety to many of the new Tangelo and Mandarin hybrids. Due to its fine flavor, dependable heavy set and wide climate adaptation, Dancy is still one of the top varieties planted in the home garden.


Dancy Tangerine Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-10 (Patio 4 - 11)
Growing Zones 9-10 (Patio 4 - 11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus reticulata 'Dancy'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes

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