The Ellendale Mandarin is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree. It has glossy green compact leaves and fragrant, creamy-white blossoms producing a medium to large flattish shaped fruit. It has a deep orange, tighter skin that isn't as easy to peel as other manderin varieties. The flesh is rich, very sweet, full of flavour and contains seeds.
Use as a container plant in courtyards, as a feature tree in Mediterranean style gardens or as an ornamental tree. The fruit is highly nutritious, rich in vitamin C, refreshing and excellent for snacks, desserts and garnishes.
|Size — 165mm|
|Growth Width — 3m|
|Growth Height — 4m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.
Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.
Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.