University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Tangerine (Citrus reticulata Blanco)

Tangerine trees have an open, roughly symmetrical crown. They can reach a mature height of 15 to 20 feet. Tangerines have shiny, lanceolate, evergreen leaves. The petioles are slightly winged. Tangerines have small white fragrant flowers. The tangerine fruit is flattened in shape, two to four inches in diameter, and orange to orange-yellow in color. The rind is thin, leathery and peels easily from the fruit. The flesh is orange, juicy and sweet-tart, in segments which separate readily. They can be grown throughout most of the state.