Best Mandarins for Cool Summers?
I've been searching for the best mandarins to grow in coastal Northern California climates with cool summers.
I'm in the North San Francisco Bay area about 8 miles from the coast and get some summer heat, but also a fair amount of cooler ocean-influenced weather. My own experience has been that Owari Satsuma mandarin sweetens up nicely and deals well with frosts down to the mid 20s or lower. Clementine handles the frost, not as well as Satsuma, but just never seems to get sweet. Too soon to tell on my Trovita orange, but early crops have been trending nice - plus frost tolerance as good as Satsuma so far (in contrast to my expectations).
I'd like to add two or three mandarins, and am looking for the best choices. Word is that Gold Nugget doesn't need a lot of heat to sweeten up. I would very much like a Kishu based on early season and posters' glowing taste reports, but wonder if anyone has success with this in cool summer climates, ditto Tahoe Gold.
Thanks for any information!