Seedless Mandarin Varieties

attaboyFebruary 7, 2007

I live in Orange County, CA and looking to plant a mandarin tree. My question to each of you is: What is your favorite seedless Mandarin variety?

I've narrowed my search to the Page and Gold Nugget varieties, but would love to hear from all of you.


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dltsch(so california)

There are many excellent choices for seedless mandarins in Southern California. Gold Nugget is a good choice. Page has a significant following, but is not quite seedless. Under some conditions it may have 1 or 2 seeds, and if the situation is wrong it can be moderately seedy. The Satsumas are always a good choice. Sweet, seedless and easy to peel. The membranes are a little tougher than most, though. Pixie is the king of the sweet mandarins, but is small. The TDE's-Tahoe Gold, Shasta Gold and Yosemite Gold are larger and should be of excellent quality. They are new and unproven. My Yosemite gold is 1 year old and has not fruited. The lastest and greatest is Tango, which is a seedless W. Murcott. Get on the list now, trees available next year!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 6:33PM
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Page has excellent taste in FL--sometimes some seeds. Satsumas can sometimes have seeds too--perhaps because of growing conditons, I don't know. I go for taste, not seedless characteristics. Roble juice orange, for example is very seeded but oh,soooooo good tasting !


    Bookmark   March 25, 2007 at 8:01AM
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Attaboy: Did you do the search on the honey mandarine line. There are so many names, among them Honey Murcott is a good one. Don't you think, our teachers and friends? Kim

    Bookmark   March 26, 2007 at 8:50PM
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ashok_ncal(CA z9b)

Dltsch has provided a good list of some of the best alternatives. Although I would say that "Gold Nugget" is far superior to "Pixie", if you want a seedless mandarin. "Page" has a wonderful flavor, in California or Florida, but, as others have pointed out, it is not always completely seedless.

Satsuma-type mandarins can be very nice as well -- however, they tend to ripen very early, and don't hold well on the tree. (They also tend to be more mildly-flavored than intensely sweet/acid fruits like "Page" or "Gold Nugget.)

Most satsumas would ripen around November/December, while a fruit like "Gold Nugget" will be at its best much later, through late spring possibly even into early summer.

So you can see that many of these cultivars are not in direct competition with each other -- they ripen during different windows.


There is the California "Honey" mandarin, which is quite a seedy fruit. There is also the "Murcott", sometimes called "Honey" in Florida. "W. Murcott Afourer" is a seedling or bud-sport of "Murcott" (I can't remember which), that I think is better adapted to California. "Tango", as Dltsch mentions, is a U.C.-developed seedless version of "W. Murcott Afourer".

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 1:42AM
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bencelest(z9 CA)

In my opinion noone can beat clemenule from Spain as far as sweetness and juiciness is concern. But you may have a problem getting them. Followed by Kishu mandarin.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:35AM
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Sedless Kishu is excelloent. All satsumas should have 6 or less seed and a great sugar to acid ratio. There are many varieties of satsuma that ripen at different times. Check with your local cooperative extension service for varieties suitalbe for your area.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 5:10PM
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Individual tastes vary, but did a citrus tasting last week. I have to agree that Kishu is excellent. So is Tango. Really liked Yosemite Gold (went out and bought one), Shasta Gold and Tahoe Gold. Tried Ortanique, Encore, W. Murcott, Clementine, etc.

It will probably be a few years before we see Tango here in Orange County, Ca. Budwood was rationed to growers and was first released 6/2006. And it was mentioned that if Tango was isolated/no cross pollination it would be seedless. If not, there would be just a couple of seeds.

Kishu was harder to locate in this area but I did find a nursery that has them.

Here is a good website w/data on individual varieties.

There seems to be a problem in growing two varieties of blood orange in most of Orange County because of insufficient heat for these varieties(Tarocco and Sanguinelli)but I don't think the Mandarins and hybrids would have the same problem.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:36PM
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dltsch(so california)

If you have the option of planting several, it is worthwhile to plant trees that have sequential ripening. My own strategy is Kishu (November), Owari Satsuma (December), Page (January), Navel and blood oranges (February/March), Pixie and Yosemite Gold (March/April).
That way, you can take your time deciding on which is best!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2007 at 7:55PM
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jbclem(z9b Topanga, Ca)

For sanpedropamela, I had a Tarocco blood orange in Malibu, close to the ocean where hot summer days were rarely above 85 deg, and not that many of them. It had the very best fruit, tasting like orange LifeSavers (at least like my childhood memories of them!). Next to it an Algerian (Clementine) tangerine, also very good tasting. A Satsuma tangerine was ok, but nothing special.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2007 at 9:25PM
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Does anybody know where I can purchase them?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 5:50PM
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The kids eat the Kishu like its candy. Easy to peel, highly flavorful and sweet, and oh so easy to peel.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2009 at 7:03PM
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