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Citrus reticulata 'Owari' and 'Okitsu-Wase'

Citrus reticulata 'Owari' and 'Okitsu-Wase'
First flowers on 'Owari'

Common name satsuma
Family rutaceae
Life cycle tree (Z8-11)
Flowers white (spring)
Light sun

After the demise of our young lemon tree due to a brief cold snap in our first Houston January, we found out that of the citrus trees, satsuma mandarins are apparently among the hardiest, to the low 20s. So we bought two varieties at the annual Fort Bend Master Gardeners fruit tree sale. 'Owari' is supposedly the gold standard. It ripens late, starting in October, with medium-sized seedless fruit. Vigorous growth habit, with a mature height of up to 12 ft. 'Okitsu-Wase' also has seedless fruit, but starts maturing earlier, in late August or early September, and grows to 15-20 ft high. Oddly, 'Owari' started blooming earlier in our garden, several weeks before 'Okitsu-Wase', and continues to be ahead of Okitsu-Wase as we approach fall. Perhaps being newly planted our little trees are still a bit confused. Both varieties are grown on Carrizo root stock.

'Owari' in bud, late March
Citrus reticulata 'Owari' and 'Okitsu-Wase'
Baby satsumas ('Owari', mid-April)
'Owari' fruit have grown a lot by early June
Citrus reticulata 'Owari' and 'Okitsu-Wase'
First gleam of orange on Owari, early September
Owari, mid-November

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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