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Sunburst Tangerine Tree

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Once a weekFull sunSpring
  • Vibrant, Easy-to-Peel Tangerines: The Sunburst Tangerine produces bright orange fruit known for their excellent flavor and easy peeling qualities.
  • Aromatic Spring Blossoms: Fragrant white flowers bloom in the spring, adding sensory appeal to the landscape.
  • Moderate Growth and Manageable Size: Perfect for backyard orchards and suitable for container growing, this tree can adapt to a variety of settings thanks to its moderate size.

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The Sunburst Tangerine Tree, scientifically known as Citrus reticulata 'Sunburst', is cherished for its vibrant, juicy tangerines that are as delightful to eat as they are to look at. This variety is known for producing deep orange, easy-to-peel fruit with a wonderfully sweet and tangy flavor. The Sunburst Tangerine Tree is not only fruitful but also visually appealing, with glossy green leaves and bright orange fruit that enhance its ornamental value. It blooms with fragrant white flowers in the spring, which develop into fruit that ripens from early to mid-winter, offering a cheerful splash of color during the cooler months.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; typically reaches 10-15 feet in height and 6-10 feet in width.

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: Light pruning may be necessary to shape the tree and remove any dead or diseased branches. Pruning is best done after the fruit has been harvested.

Fertilization: Fertilize with a citrus-specific fertilizer starting in early spring and continue throughout the summer to support robust growth and fruiting.

Winter Protection: In regions where temperatures drop close to freezing, provide frost protection by covering the tree or moving container-grown trees indoors.

Choose a location that gets full sun and has well-draining soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball. If using a container, ensure it is large enough to accommodate the tree's growth and has adequate drainage. Place the tree in the hole or container, backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and apply a layer of mulch around the base to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, particularly during the growing and fruiting seasons. Adequate moisture is crucial for maintaining healthy growth and ensuring a good fruit yield. The Sunburst Tangerine Tree requires full sun, meaning at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily, to flourish. Adequate sunlight is essential for fruit production and the overall vitality of the tree.

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Zones 9-11

The Sunburst Tangerine Tree is best suited for planting in USDA Zones 9-11, where it can be grown outdoors year-round. It thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic soil and requires a sunny spot to optimize fruit production and overall health. While the tree is somewhat sensitive to cold, it should be protected from frost to prevent damage, especially in the cooler areas of its growing range.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Sunburst Tangerine tree typically grows to be about 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide when planted in the ground under optimal conditions. This size can vary based on factors such as the tree's growing conditions and how it is pruned and managed.

If space is limited or if the tree is grown in a container, its size can be controlled somewhat through regular pruning and by the constraints of the pot size, which can restrict root growth and, consequently, the overall size of the tree. In containers, the tree may be kept smaller, usually around 6 to 10 feet tall, depending on the container size and pruning practices.

The Sunburst Tangerine tree grows at a moderate rate. Under optimal conditions, you can expect it to grow approximately 12 to 24 inches per year. This growth rate can vary depending on several factors, including the tree's care, climate, soil quality, and water availability.

To encourage healthy and steady growth, ensure your Sunburst Tangerine tree receives adequate sunlight, consistent and appropriate watering, regular fertilization with a citrus-specific fertilizer, and protection from extreme temperatures and pests. Proper care will help the tree mature into a robust and productive plant more quickly.

The best place to plant a Sunburst Tangerine tree is in a location that meets several important criteria to ensure the tree's health and productivity:

Sunlight: Choose a spot that receives full sun, which means at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Sunlight is crucial for fruit production and the overall health of the tree.

Soil: The planting site should have well-draining soil. Citrus trees do not tolerate standing water, which can lead to root rot. The soil should also be slightly acidic to neutral in pH. If your soil tends to be heavy or clay-like, consider amending it with sand or organic matter to improve drainage, or plant the tree on a raised bed or mound.

Protection from Wind: Although tangerine trees can generally tolerate some wind, it's best to plant them in a location that offers some protection from strong winds, which can damage the tree and fruit or cause excessive moisture loss.

Accessibility: Ensure the location is accessible for care and harvesting. You'll need to water, fertilize, prune, and monitor the tree for pests and diseases, so easy access is important.

Space: Make sure there is enough space for the tree to grow. Sunburst Tangerine trees can spread widely at maturity. Plan for enough room to accommodate the tree’s mature size without crowding from buildings or other trees.

Cold Protection: If you are in an area with potential for frost, consider a spot near the south side of a building or a wall which can provide some heat retention during cold nights.

Considerations for Potted Plants: If you're planting the Sunburst Tangerine in a pot, choose a large container with ample drainage holes. This allows you to position the tree in optimal lighting conditions and move it if necessary, such as bringing it indoors during unexpected frosts.

Selecting the right location is key to growing a healthy and productive Sunburst Tangerine tree.

Caring for a Sunburst Tangerine tree involves a few key practices to ensure it grows healthy and produces abundant, tasty fruit. Here’s a comprehensive guide:

Location and Sunlight: Plant your Sunburst Tangerine tree in a location that receives full sun, meaning at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. This is crucial for fruit production and overall health.

Soil Requirements: Ensure the soil is well-draining. Citrus trees do not tolerate standing water. The ideal pH for the soil is slightly acidic to neutral. If you’re planting in a container, use a potting mix designed for citrus or palms.

Watering: Water the tree regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Young trees need more frequent watering to establish their root systems. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant's growth slows.

Fertilization: Feed your Sunburst Tangerine tree with a citrus-specific fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and micronutrients like iron, zinc, and manganese. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for dosage, generally applying in late winter, late spring, and mid-summer.

Pruning: Prune the tree to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches and to shape it. This helps improve air circulation and light penetration, which are essential for the health of the tree. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, mites, and citrus leaf miners. Use appropriate organic or chemical treatments as necessary. Also, monitor for signs of diseases like citrus canker or greening, and consult with a local extension service or specialist for management strategies.

Cold Protection: Although Sunburst Tangerine trees can tolerate light frosts, protect them from hard freezes by covering them with frost cloths or moving container trees indoors if temperatures are expected to drop significantly.

Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree to help retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to avoid rot.

By following these care tips, your Sunburst Tangerine tree can thrive and produce delicious fruits for many years.

Watering frequency for a Sunburst Tangerine tree depends on several factors, including the soil type, climate, and the age of the tree. Here are some general guidelines:

Young Trees: For the first few years after planting, it's crucial to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. In general, watering once a week should be sufficient, but during very hot or dry weather, you might need to water two to three times a week.

Established Trees: Once established, Sunburst Tangerine trees are somewhat drought-tolerant but produce better fruit with regular, deep watering. During the growing season, watering every one to two weeks is typically adequate. Ensure that the water penetrates deeply into the soil, reaching the deeper root systems.

Soil and Drainage: Citrus trees require well-draining soil to prevent root rot. If your soil retains water for a long time, you will need to water less frequently. Conversely, sandy soils that drain quickly might require more frequent watering.

Climate Considerations: Trees in hotter, drier climates will need more frequent watering than those in cooler, humid areas. Always check the moisture level of the soil to gauge watering needs. The soil should be dry a few inches down before you water again.

Monitoring the tree's health and the soil's moisture level is key to determining the ideal watering schedule. Adjust as necessary based on weather conditions and the tree's appearance, reducing watering in the cooler, dormant months.

No, the Sunburst Tangerine tree does not need a pollinator to produce fruit. Like most citrus trees, it is self-fertile, meaning its flowers contain both male and female parts, allowing it to pollinate itself. You can expect your Sunburst Tangerine tree to produce fruit without the presence of another tangerine tree nearby.

However, having additional citrus trees in the area can potentially increase yield and fruit quality due to more effective cross-pollination, especially if bees and other pollinators are active. This is generally more beneficial in terms of the robustness and health of the fruit set, but it's not necessary for the tree to produce fruit.

Sunburst Tangerine trees typically begin to bear fruit within 2 to 3 years after planting if they are grown from grafted stock, which is the most common method for cultivating citrus trees. Trees started from seed may take significantly longer, often around 7 to 10 years to start producing fruit.

The time to fruiting can vary depending on several factors, including the tree's care, the environment, and the quality of the initial planting stock. Providing optimal growing conditions—such as full sun, regular watering, and proper fertilization—can help minimize the time to first harvest and improve the quality and quantity of the fruit produced.

Sunburst Tangerines are typically ready for harvest in the late fall to early winter, around November to December. The exact timing can vary based on your local climate and the specific conditions the tree has experienced throughout the year.

To determine if the tangerines are ready to be picked, look for a vivid orange color with no green patches. The fruit should also detach easily from the stem when gently tugged. Taste testing a fruit can also be a good indicator; ripe Sunburst Tangerines will be sweet with a rich, tangy flavor. Regular monitoring as the harvest season approaches will help you pick the fruits at their peak ripeness for the best flavor and quality.

Yes, pruning a Sunburst Tangerine tree is beneficial for maintaining its health and enhancing fruit production. Pruning should be done to remove any dead or diseased branches, thin out overly dense areas to improve air circulation and light penetration, and shape the tree for better structural integrity. This helps prevent diseases and promotes a healthier, more productive tree.

The best time to prune your Sunburst Tangerine tree is in late winter or early spring, just before the new growth starts. This timing allows the tree to heal quickly without exposing new cuts to harsh winter conditions. Always use clean, sharp tools to make clean cuts, which help the tree recover faster and reduce the risk of disease.

Sunburst Tangerine trees, like most citrus varieties, prefer warmer climates and are sensitive to cold temperatures. They can typically tolerate temperatures as low as about 28 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 to 0 degrees Celsius) for short periods. However, prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can cause damage to the tree and its fruit.

To protect Sunburst Tangerine trees in areas where temperatures might dip below this range, consider using frost cloths or moving potted trees indoors. Providing adequate shelter and possibly supplemental heat during unusually cold weather can help minimize frost damage and ensure the health of your Sunburst Tangerine tree.

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!