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Orange Frost Satsuma Tree

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  • Exceptional Cold Hardiness: Can withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, significantly expanding the growing range for citrus trees.
  • Seedless and Sweet Oranges: Produces abundant crops of seedless, easy-to-peel Satsuma oranges with a delightful sweet flavor.
  • Compact Growth Habit: Its moderate size makes it ideal for small garden spaces or container cultivation, suitable for patios or urban gardens.
  • *We cannot guarantee the Orange Frost Satsuma Tree you receive will already be bearing fruit. This depends on the season and the overall growth pattern of the tree.

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The Orange Frost Satsuma Tree, scientifically known as Citrus reticulata 'Gremoy47', is a breakthrough in citrus cultivation due to its exceptional cold hardiness and juicy, sweet fruits. This variety produces seedless Satsuma oranges, renowned for their easy peel qualities and deliciously sweet flavor. Orange Frost is particularly notable for its ability to withstand temperatures lower than many other citrus varieties, making it a valuable addition to gardens in cooler citrus-growing regions. The tree also features glossy, evergreen leaves and fragrant white blossoms that add ornamental value beyond its fruiting capabilities.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; typically reaches 8-12 feet in height and 6-8 feet in width.

Sizing: Our fruit and citrus trees are primarily utilized as outdoor patio or indoor plants and are potted. Accordingly, we measure our fruit and citrus trees from the bottom of the pot to the top of the tree for accuracy.

Please note: Images on our website depict plants and trees at full maturity to showcase their expected grown characteristics. These images are illustrative examples only and do not represent the size of plants or trees upon delivery.

Pruning: Prune in late winter to early spring to maintain shape, remove dead or damaged branches, and promote healthy growth.

Fertilization: Apply a citrus-specific fertilizer in early spring and mid-summer to support robust growth and fruit development.

Winter Protection: Provide additional protection during extreme cold by covering the tree with frost cloths or moving container-grown trees indoors.

Select a location with full sun exposure and well-draining soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Mix some compost or peat moss with the native soil to enhance drainage if necessary. Place the tree in the hole, ensuring it is not planted deeper than it was in the container. Backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and apply a layer of mulch to conserve moisture and reduce weed competition. Space trees about 10-15 feet apart to allow for mature spread.

Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Citrus trees require deep watering especially during the dry season to ensure adequate hydration for growth and fruit development. Requires full sun, meaning at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily, to produce the best fruit and maintain healthy growth.

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Zones 8-11

The Orange Frost Satsuma Tree is suited for planting in USDA Zones 8-11, thriving in areas where winter temperatures are mild but occasionally dip into the mid to low 20s. It prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and a sunny location to optimize fruit production and overall health.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Orange Frost Satsuma tree typically reaches a moderate size, making it ideal for both garden planting and container cultivation. At maturity, it can grow to about 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. This size allows it to fit well in smaller yards or urban gardens without overwhelming the space.

The tree's compact and manageable size also makes it a good choice for container growing, which can be beneficial for those in colder climates, as the tree can be moved indoors during severe winter weather. Regular pruning and care can help maintain its shape and size, ensuring it remains healthy and productive within the space available.

The Orange Frost Satsuma tree is considered a moderately fast-growing citrus tree. Under optimal growing conditions, it can grow at a rate of about 12 to 24 inches per year. The growth rate depends on several factors including the quality of care, soil health, water availability, and climate.

Proper care, including adequate watering, regular feeding with a balanced citrus fertilizer, and protection from extreme temperatures and pests, will help the tree reach its full growth potential more rapidly. Additionally, ensuring the tree has full sun exposure will significantly contribute to its healthy growth and development. With consistent care, the Orange Frost Satsuma tree can reach fruit-bearing maturity relatively quickly, often within a few years after planting.

The best place to plant an Orange Frost Satsuma tree is in a location that meets several key criteria to support its growth and fruit production:

Full Sun Exposure
Ensure the tree is planted in an area that receives full sun, meaning at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. This is crucial for optimal growth, flowering, and fruiting.

Well-Drained Soil
Choose a spot with well-drained soil. Satsuma trees do not tolerate standing water or overly wet conditions, which can lead to root rot. If necessary, amend the soil with organic matter to improve drainage or consider planting in a raised bed.

Protection from Wind and Cold
While Orange Frost Satsuma trees are cold-hardy, they still benefit from protection against harsh winds and extreme cold. Planting near a south-facing wall or fence can provide a microclimate that buffers against cold winds and radiates heat during the night, keeping the area slightly warmer.

Easy Access for Care
Make sure the planting site is accessible for regular care, including watering, fertilizing, and pruning. This accessibility will ensure the tree remains healthy and well-maintained.

Space to Grow
Accommodate the mature size of the tree, allowing enough space for its canopy to expand without crowding by buildings, power lines, or other trees.

By choosing a site that combines these elements, you can create the ideal conditions for your Orange Frost Satsuma tree to thrive and produce abundant fruit.

No, you do not need two Satsuma trees to produce fruit. Satsuma trees, including the Orange Frost Satsuma, are self-fertile, meaning they have the ability to produce fruit with their own pollen. A single tree is capable of producing a good crop of fruit without the need for a second tree to ensure pollination.

However, having more than one Satsuma tree can sometimes enhance fruit set and yield through increased cross-pollination, especially if the trees are different varieties of Satsuma. This is particularly beneficial in areas where pollinator activity might be limited. But for the basic requirement of fruit production, one tree is sufficient.

The Orange Frost Satsuma tree can tolerate temperatures down to about 15°F (-9°C). This level of cold tolerance allows it to withstand brief periods of freezing weather, which makes it suitable for growing in regions that experience milder winter conditions. To enhance its survival through cold spells, it's advisable to provide some protection, such as covering the tree or using a heat source like a frost cloth or a small heater, especially in areas where temperatures frequently drop below this point. Proper site selection and care throughout the year can also strengthen the tree, making it more resilient against cold stress.

The Orange Frost Satsuma and Arctic Frost Satsuma are both cold-hardy citrus trees, but they have some distinct differences primarily in their cold tolerance and fruit characteristics.

Cold Tolerance:
The Arctic Frost Satsuma is noted for its exceptional cold tolerance, reportedly withstanding temperatures as low as 9°F (-13°C). This makes it one of the most cold-hardy citrus varieties available. In contrast, the Orange Frost Satsuma is also cold-hardy, suitable for growing in areas that may experience brief periods of freezing temperatures, but it is generally rated for slightly higher minimum temperatures around 15°F (-9°C).

Fruit Characteristics:
Both varieties produce sweet and juicy Satsuma oranges that are seedless and easy to peel. However, there may be slight variations in the flavor profile and the size of the fruits. The Arctic Frost is known for producing fruit with a particularly sweet and robust flavor, which can be a deciding factor for those prioritizing taste.

Growth and Size:
Arctic Frost Satsuma tends to be more compact, making it ideal for small spaces or container gardening. The Orange Frost Satsuma can grow a bit larger, thus may require more space to thrive fully.

These differences make each variety suited to slightly different environments and personal preferences regarding space, climate resilience, and fruit taste.

The Orange Frost Satsuma tree generally begins to bear fruit within 2 to 3 years after planting if the tree is a grafted specimen. If grown from seed, it might take a bit longer, typically around 4 to 7 years to start producing fruit. Once the tree matures and starts fruiting, you can expect to harvest Satsuma oranges usually in the late fall to early winter, depending on your local climate conditions. To encourage healthy growth and fruiting, ensure your tree receives adequate sunlight, proper watering, and appropriate fertilization.

The Orange Frost Satsuma tree typically blooms in early spring. The exact timing can vary slightly depending on your climate and local weather conditions, but generally, the blossoming period occurs when temperatures start to warm after the winter. This is the time when you can expect to see the fragrant white flowers that Satsuma trees are known for, signaling the beginning of the fruit-setting process. For optimal flowering, ensure your tree is situated in a location that receives full sun and is protected from late spring frosts, which can damage the blossoms.

If your Orange Frost Satsuma tree isn't bearing fruit, there could be several reasons behind this.

Inadequate Pollination
Even though Satsuma trees are typically self-fertile, having another citrus tree nearby can enhance pollination through cross-pollination, increasing fruit set. This helps ensure that flowers are adequately pollinated and can develop into fruit.

Tree Maturity
Satsuma trees usually start bearing fruit after they mature, which can take several years from the time of planting. If your tree is relatively young, it might simply need more time to reach fruit-bearing age.

Environmental Stress
Extreme temperatures, either too hot or too cold, can also affect fruiting. Satsuma trees prefer a warmer climate and are sensitive to cold. Protecting the tree from frost and ensuring it has a favorable microclimate is crucial for its ability to produce fruit.

Improper Care
Issues like over-watering or under-watering, or using incorrect fertilization practices, can impact fruit production. It's important to water your tree adequately and use a citrus-specific fertilizer that promotes blooming and fruiting. Too much nitrogen can encourage leaf growth at the expense of fruit.

Natural Cycles
If the tree had a heavy fruiting year previously, it might experience an off-year following that due to natural cycles of fruit production. Managing the tree's health, ensuring proper nutrition, and sometimes thinning fruits can promote more consistent yearly yields.

Managing the tree's health, ensuring proper nutrition, and sometimes thinning fruits can promote more consistent yearly yields.

If your Orange Frost Satsuma tree isn't blooming, several factors could be influencing this. Firstly, insufficient sunlight is a common issue. Satsuma trees require full sun to produce blossoms effectively. Ensure your tree is getting at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Another potential issue could be nutrient imbalance. Over-fertilizing, particularly with high nitrogen content, can lead to lush foliage at the expense of blooms. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for citrus trees to encourage flowering and fruiting.

Additionally, the tree's age and its overall health play crucial roles. Young trees, or those recently planted, often take a few years to mature enough to start blooming. Ensure the tree is not stressed by drought, cold, or improper planting depth, which can all inhibit blooming.

Lastly, check for proper pruning practices. Pruning at the wrong time of year can remove buds that would have developed into flowers. Prune your Satsuma tree only when necessary, typically by removing dead or crossed branches to maintain good air circulation and shape.

By addressing these issues, you can help your Orange Frost Satsuma tree bloom beautifully.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!