China Satsuma Citrus Tree
China Satsuma, introduced from China in the 1990’s, this unique selection of Satsuma bears good crops of round, bright orange, sweet, very flavorful, easy to peel fruit.
A number of China Satsumas were brought in from the Hubai province in China after an extreme cold event and the ones that survived were given numbers. S-2 is known for its good vigor, cold hardiness, and fruit quality. S-6 has very high quality fruit and also a good degree of cold hardiness. S-9 has decent fruit quality and vigor but is quite cold hardy. It is hard to say at this point which of these selections is the most cold hardy but all of them are showing promise thus far.
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Latin Name: Citrus unshiu
Site and Soil: In spring, summer and fall, keep your potted Citrus in a location with 1/2 day to full sun. 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: We recommend bringing China Satsuma to a well-lit and protected location in late fall before hard frosts occur.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-5 ft.
Fruit Skin: Orange
Fruit Flesh: Orange
Bloom Time: Winter & Spring
Ripening Time: Late fall.
Yield: 40-50 fruits
Care: Fertilize with citrus mix 3-4 times per year with typical applications in late winter (Jan-Feb), late spring (May-June) and early fall (Sept-Oct).
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 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 varieties.
USDA Zone: 9
Photo Credit from our friends at the University of California Riverside College of Natural and Agriculture Sciences.
For more info on the S-6 Cultivar click here.
For more info on the S-2 Cultivar click here.