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!
Whether you live 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. They make the perfect screening tree with their dense 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! With its abundant fruit set, flowers and broadleaf evergreen foliage, it's a great focal point in the landscape! The tree almost looks like it was strung with orange bulbs at Christmas!
Citrus trees do really well in full sun, heat and humidity. The tree requires good drainage and should not be overwatered.
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!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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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.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus reticulata 'Dancy'|
|Mature Height||10 - 15 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 Years|
|Pruning Time||After Fruiting|