The Dwarf Minneola Tangelo (Honeybell) Tree is an evergreen tree with shiny, dark-green foliage and white fragrant flowers is a great indoor tree that makes a fine accent to your patio or living room. The blooms have a high degree of fragrance, and the fruit is a beautiful color.
A true Dwarf Minneola Honeybell Tangelo Tree is a hybrid-cross between a Thompson tangerine and a pomelo, hence the name Tangelo. Both Minneolas and Honeybells are fairly large, typically 3–3½ inches in diameter. The Honeybells tend to be larger and sweeter. The peel colour, when mature, is a bright red-orange color.
This variety was released in 1931 by the USDA Horticultural Research Station in Orlando.
Honeybell trees are fairly cold-hardy and do well in USDA plant hardiness zone 8 thru 11 when planted in the ground. They can often survive in USDA growing zones 4 thru 8 which are colder regions if grown in a protected location against a south-facing wall.
Honeybell Tangelo trees are quite robust and when given enough space to develop. Dwarf Minneola Tangelo Honeybell Trees are small in stature and can only grow to up to 12 feet, even when planted in the ground. The Dwarf Minneola Tangelo Tree is normally grafted onto rootstock like Trifoliate orange, Swingle,or Cleopatra Mandarin to help keep it dormant during cold spells when new foliage may be harmed by cold temperatures. Although the tree is a dwarf, the fruit produced by dwarf Minneola Tangelo Honeybell trees are the same size as the fruit grown on standard size trees.
This evergreen tree with its shiny, dark-green foliage and white fragrant flowers is a great indoor tree that makes a fine accent to your patio or living room. The blooms have a high degree of fragrance, and the fruit is a beautiful color.