The word “tangelo” is derived from this citrus tree’s parents, Tangerine and Pomelo (ancestor to the grapefruit.) Moderately vigorous and more cold resistant than its sibling ‘Minneola’, ‘Orlando’ was developed in 1911 and was originally known as ‘Lake’ Tangelo. The main differences between the two siblings are mainly in the appearance of their fruit, where ‘Orlando’ produces a slightly squat, rounded shape with a smooth end, and ‘Minneola’ has a bell shaped bud end. The skin on ‘Orlando’ tends to be a lighter orange shade, and is a bit more difficult to peel, but the effort is worth it! Orange trees grow best in frost-free locations, and need another variety of citrus tree for pollination to produce blossoms and fruit.
Utilize citrus trees in the landscape just like any ornamental tree. Give enough space that light is available from all sides, away from the shade of larger trees or buildings. A great plant for large patio containers where the fragrant flowers can be enjoyed and the fruit easily picked. Can also be grown indoors if space and ample sunlight can be provided.