Fruit Ripens: March through April
Standard Tree Maturity Size: 6′ x 5′
The small, pale pixie Mandarins started out as something of an underdog in the world of mandarin oranges. Yet what they lack in attractiveness compared to their larger, lustrous red-orange cousins, they more than make up for in other ways. Their convenient seedlessness, rich flavor (combining the best of mandarin and orange), and late season ripening have made them a local farmers market favorite.
One characteristic of Pixie that makes it a challenge for growers is that it is a strong alternate bearer, meaning that one year it will produce a large crop of very small fruit and the next year a scanty crop of large fruit.