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A Classic American Fruit

You know a fruit is good when it's been around since 1867. The Dancy Tangerine was bred in Florida just after the Civil War. It was a great fresh fruit then and is still a great fruit to grow today.

Dancy has juicy and tasty red/orange flesh and it ripens in December, so it is often called the Christmas Tangerine. You won't find this on your supermarket shelf, though.

Part of what makes the Dancy so good is also what makes it hard to bring to the mass market. It has a really loose skin that is super easy to peel. Unfortunately, that means that modern equipment bruises and scar the fruit. So, if you'd like to taste this little bit of American history, you'll need to grow it yourself. Thankfully Nature Hills has got you covered.

Darcy have extensive branching and 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.

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.

Order now before they sell out and enjoy the benefits of growing your own citrus fruit anywhere in the U.S.

This bit of history is fun to have all year round!

  • Perfect for containers
  • Easy to peel
  • Juicy fruit

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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.
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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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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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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 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 fruits 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 its 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 Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-10
Growing Zones 9-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Citrus reticulata 'Dancy'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 7 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 years