Botanical name:  Citrus x aurantium

Crown and root system:  This is an evergreen tree with a round, intermediate crown. Its root system is non-invasive.

Growing regions:  Most parts of the country except for those with extreme climatic conditions, hot or cold.

Ripening date:  Throughout the summer months; the exact date depends on the variety.

Planting in a container:  May be planted in a container, in a place that is protected from winds and accessible to insects to promote pollination.

Recommended planting season:  All year round.

Special care:  We recommend using Confidor as a preventive treatment in early spring, according to manufacturer’s instructions (the compound can be bought in any agricultural supply store).

Varieties sold at the nursery:
Michal:  This variety ripens first (October-December), is orange-red in color, easy to peel with a high sugar content and very juicy.
Orr:  Ripens later (January-March).  Has an orange-yellow color, the fruit has a delicate sweetness and few seeds.
Odem:  Ripens at the same time as the Orr variety, it is orange-red in color and easy to peel.  It has a sweet flavor and few seeds.

Good to know:
The clementine was created in the 19th century by a French Algerian cleric, Brother Clément Rodier, as a cross between the Mediterranean tangerine (mandarin variety) and the bitter orange.  The resulting hybrid fruit was name “clementine” after him.

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