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inter is the dormant season, but it doesn't have to be drab and dull. Along with our camellias, Loch Laurel Nursery carries a line of cold-hardy citrus suitable for growing in USDA Zone 8b.
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Door Yard Citrus - Many gardners are not aware of the wonderful citrus that can be grown in North Florida and South Georgia. Loch Laurel Nursery is proud to offer varieties that are cold hardy and produce tasty fruit you would assume could only be grown in semi-tropical climates. In fact, many of our varieties that are well-suited to our region (USDA Zone 8b), produce inferior fruit in Central Florida.
Satsumas - Mandarine Orange, The fruit is easily peeled and contains loose segments that are easily separated. They are sweet and a bright orange color when ripe and nearly seedless. Satsumas are believed to be native to Southern China and are widely grown along the gulf coast of the US. Satsuma trees grow 10 to 15 feet tall. The most popular variety is Owari that ripens in mid to late November. Hardy to 20F. The variety Miho, developed in Texas is much earlier ripening in early to mid-October. Grafted on trifoliate orange, (Poncirus trifoliata) for improved cold hardiness.
Juanita Tangerine - Citrus reticulata 'Juanita' - Discovered in Lake City, South Carolina is a remarkably hardy tree with a very upright growth habit. The fruit is easy to peel and of excellent quality with a perfect blend of sweet and acid similar to satsumas. Grafted
Sugar Belle hybrid mandarin - A new variety developed by the University of Florida that is easy to peel and nealy seedless resembeling a Minneola tangelo but ripening several weeks earlier. Not available outside of Florida until 2016 and now grafted onto US897 for cold hardiness and size control.
Sunquat - X Citrofortunella sp. - This citrus is a hybrid between F. crassifolia (Meiwa kumquat) and C. reticulata (tangerine). It grows 8 to 10 feet tall and bears oblong fruit that is larger than a kumquat and sweeter with an edible peel. Hardy to mid 20's. Will rapidly grow back if killed back.
Keraji Mandarin - Citrus reticulata - produces 2-inch fruit too small for commercial production but an excellent dooryard fruit. Fruit has a sweet lemonade taste unlike any other citrus fruit. Peel is easy to remove. Tree is very cold-hardy surviving short dips into the upper teens.
Kishu Mandarin - Citrus reticulata - When it comes to Mandarins, it doesn't get any better than the Kishu Mandarin. This seedless variety of Mandarin has everything you could want in a quick and healthy snack. The Kishu Mandarin may be the smallest mandarin you've seen, but dont let that fool you. These bite-size citrus fruits are very sweet, seedless, easy to peel and packed full of flavor and nutrition. Ripens in Early December - Out of Stock.
Meyer Lemon - Produces good quality lemons on rapidly growing trees. This variety is sought after by chefs for it's unique flavor and often specified in gourmet recipes. Meyers thrive along coastal areas of southeast including south Georgia and north Florida.
Harvey Lemon - Fruit has a classic lemon shape and appearance, high juice content and a true lemon flavor, resembling the lemons you buy in the grocery store. Fruit ripens in September to March. More cold hardy than Eureka and Lisbon lemons.
Sanbokan - A sweet lemon, with a pronounced basal nipple and knobby rind, it is unmistakable from any other citrus. Fruit peels easily like a tangerine, the flesh is tender and sweet like a mix of sweet orange and grapefruit. Established trees have some cold tolerance. Fruit ripens November to March.
Glen Navel - Sweet orange that produces better quality fruit compared to the typical Washington Navel under hot humid conditions in the southeast. Fruit is bright orange with an open, non-protruding navel. Super sweet, excellent flavor. Fruit ripens early November to January.
Marrs - 'Marrs' arose as a limb sport of 'Washington' navel in 1927 in Donna, TX. Its fruit are medium large, round to slightly oblate, with a thin, smooth, moderately thick peel that is a dusty yellow color. The fruit is of low acidity with a pleasing sweet flavor. It can contain as many as nine seeds. It matures from late September to December.
Shiranui - Also known as Dekopon is a seedless and sweet variety of mandarin orange. It is a hybrid between Kiyomi tangor and Ponkan, developed in Japan in 1972. Fruit is medium to large with a distinctive neck on top of the fruit. The Shiranui's flavor is a rich mandarin orange flavor considered by many to be one of the most flavorful citruses in the world. The fruit ripens November to January.
Lakeland Limequat - The Lakeland Limequat is incredibly cold hardy and highly productive. This variety is everbearing so it produces flowers year-round as long as the weather is warm. The fruit is very juicy, with an aroma and taste almost identical to Key Lime except not quite as tart - Out of Stock.