Murcott Honey Tangerine Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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Description

The Murcott tree, also known as the Honey Tangerine Tree, is favored for its fruit which have a sweet flavor, and extremely juicy flesh.

The Murcott tree, also known as the Honey Tangerine Tree, is favored for its sweet flavor, and extremely juicy flesh. The fruit is so juicy, that it has become a favorite for fresh-squeezed juice at home. The skin of the medium-sized Murcott is deep orange, and the flesh and juice are a vibrant red-orange color.

The skin is slightly dimpled and fairly easy to peel, making the Murcott Honey Tangerine fine for eating out of hand. Murcotts can contain some seeds, and other tangerines may be a bit easier to peel, but the Murcott is a great choice if you want both a good eating tangerine, and one that is great for juicing.

Murcotts (or Honey Tangerines) stand out for their abundant amount of juice, their dark orange skin, bright red-orange juice, and refreshing sweet flavor.

Citrus Tree Care

Murcott Tangerine trees bloom large, fragrant, white flowers starting in summer and continuing through fall. Water thoroughly throughout the growing and blooming seasons, but never allow the ground to remain soggy. Murcotts, like other citrus, require well-draining soil. Fertilize with citrus fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s instructions for tree size, and if you must prune, do so in the early summer before blooms appear. 

Be sure to always keep the tree base clear of weeds, deep mulch, fallen fruit, and pruned branches. You can mulch around your Honey Tangerine, but never mulch directly against the tree trunk.

Fruit & Harvesting

The fruit of the Murcott Tangerine tree will begin to appear in fall, and reach maturity from winter through early spring. You will know it is time to harvest your fruit when their color turns from green and yellow-green, to a deep orange. The best way to know if the Murcott fruit is ready, is to pick a few and do a taste test. The flesh should be juicy and sweet-tart. If the taste is bitter or overly sour, allow the fruit to mature for another week, then do a new taste test.

Growing Zones

Advice

Murcott Tangerine trees do best in a sunny location, planted in the ground, within USDA growing zones 8 to 11. You can also grow these citrus trees in a suitable pot within zones 4 to 11, as long as you bring the tree indoors when freezing temperatures occur.

If you must grow your Murcott tree indoors, be sure to give it as much light as possible during daylight hours, and water thoroughly when the top two inches of the soil becomes dry. A saucer to collect excess water may be used, but do not allow the soil to remain soggy.

 

FAQs

Do Murcott Tangerines have seeds?

Murcott Tangerines can have seeds ranging from zero up to seven or ten seeds in an individual fruit. The Murcott, or Honey Tangerine, can also sometimes contain small, undeveloped seeds. While Murcotts can contain seeds, they are not considered a highly seeded variety of citrus..

What makes the Honey Tangerine different from other tangerines?

Honey Tangerines, or Murcotts, stand out from other tangerine varieties for their honey-sweet flavor and abundance of juice. Like all tangerines, they are good to eat out of hand, but the Honey Tangerine is valued for, and often used for, its juice.

 

How many Tangerines can I expect my Murcott tree to produce?

Many factors contribute to the yield of any fruit tree. Growing zone, location, soil, hours of direct sunlight, fertilizer, rainfall, year-to-year weather, and more all have an effect on how much fruit a given tree might produce. A mature Murcott Tangerine tree that has been established and grown under suitable to ideal conditions can produce hundreds of fruit each year.

How big will my Honey Tangerine tree get?

Standard sized Honey Tangerine trees grown in the ground can reach sizes of ten to fifteen feet tall and fifteen feet wide. Dwarf versions of the Honey Tangerine, or Murcott, will grow to be about six to eight feet tall in the ground. Both standard and dwarf tangerine trees will remain smaller if grown in a pot.

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