Amoa 8 Blood Mandarin Citrus Tree
Only recently made available in the United Sates, Amoa 8 Blood Mandarin is an Italian hybrid of Avana mandarin and Moro blood orange, hence the name “Amoa”. This one is truly spectacular, as if all our favorite fresh eating citrus qualities were crammed into one fruit. The dark red fruit is even darker and “bloodier” than a typical blood orange and bleeds into the skin of the fruit when sliced in a very beautiful way. The flesh is a divine balance of a super sweet mandarin and that unique blood orange sweet-tartness that we adore. Eating an Amoa 8 is a full sensory experience. This blood mandarin has spread like wildfire across Spain and we’re so excited to now have it in the United States!
And if Amoa 8 wasn’t already exciting enough, we’ve also heard reports of the plant being hardy to at least 20 degrees F. and possibly into the low teens!
Latin Name: Citrus sinensis ‘Moro’ x Citrus deliciosa ‘Avana’
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil. If growing it in a pot, in the winter place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit production. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: Hardy to at least 20F and we’ve heard reports of all the way down to 12F. but we are still trialing their cold hardiness.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-8 feet tall, smaller in a container
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Late fall
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites, scales and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants, though citrus greening virus has become a huge problem in California and Florida
USDA Zone: 9a, likely 8b