The Clementine Tree

Buy Clementine Tree

A Clementine tree is a tangor, a cross between a mandarin and a sweet orange tree.  Clementines prefer self-pollination. When cross-pollinated, fruit yields tend to be less and you’ll also miss out on desirable fruit characteristics too! Make sure to distance your clementine as far as possible from other mandarins when flowering begins.

A popular name brand name found in stores is Cuties. Depending on the season they may be Murcott tangors alternatively.

Basic Information

Common Name Clementine
Botanical Name Citrus × clementina
Location of Origin Misserghin, Algeria
USDA Zones 8-11
Can be grown in containers? Yes

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit Size Medium
Fruit Shape Round
Fruit Flavor Very Sweet
Rind Thickness Thin
Rind Texture Slightly Bumpy
Rind Color Bright Orange
Flesh Color Orange
Easy to Peel? Very Easy
Seeds Seedless

Tree Details

Has Thorns? No
Flower Color White
Flower Size Medium
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Size Small-medium
Mature Tree Height in Ground ‘8 – ’12
Fruit Bearing Age 3 – 4 years old
Alternate Bearing? Yes
Heat to Sweeten Fruit? Yes

Growing Conditions

Temperature Hardy to 32 ºF
Self-fertile? Yes
Sunlight Required Full Sun
Bloom Season in Minnesota Spring
Harvest Season in Minnesota Winter
Average Spring/Summer Watering Once every 1-2 weeks, more often when hot
Average Fall/Winter Watering Once every 3 weeks

Guides for Growing in Containers


About a 3 year old Clementine tree
About a 3 year old Clementine tree