Great for containers and gardens, the Clementine Mandarin Orange is a famous and compact tree with incredibly easy growing conditions. Clementine Oranges are smaller and sweeter than regular Mandarin Oranges, making them loved among children and sweet-toothed adults alike!
Clementines are citrus trees that grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) and produce small, orange-colored fruits reaching up to 3 inches (8 cm) in diameter. They were introduced to the US in 1909 and quickly became one of the most popular citrus fruits on the market.
Although the precise origin of the Clementine Tree remains a mystery, scientists believe that the plant is a mix between Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) and Sweet Orange (Citrus × sinensis), and it was named after a French missionary called Clément Rodier, who discovered and cultivated the trees in the 1900s. They come in different varieties, some seedless, others with seeds. But one thing these varieties all have in common is their sweet, slightly sour taste and thin, easy-to-peel skin.