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I live in west central Louisiana along the 8b/9a zone line, and I am looking to expand my citrus varieties, in fact I have already started.  I have 3 mature Owari Satsuma trees, only  2 are good producers though, in addition I have added a myers lemon (near an electrical service so I can keep it warm with Christmas lights during freezes), along with  3 more early season Satsumas (La Early, St Ann, and Armstrong Early, the Armstrong was the first one planted out of the set)       Most recently I added a Cara Cara Orange which I also suspect will need some protection in the colder months.      Ideally I would like to add something to expand my citrus harvest season into the spring, but I just don't know what to try, Perhaps Tahoe Gold or Shasta Gold, there seems to be some mixed information out there on their cold tolerance though, then of course there is  finding a supplier that will ship to Louisiana.       If anyone has any suggestion I would love to hear them, as it seems most discussion on cold hardy citrus is about pushing the boundaries of edible citrus as far north as possible, not about more moderate varieties in traditional fringe areas like where I live about 100 miles inland from the coast.

thanks Ike

Edible citrus that is cold hardy through freezing temps seems limited. I think all the Satsumas trees are a little more cold hardy than Meyer but Meyer and Satsuma fruit will be a problem in the freezing temps of winter. If you are willing to protect the fruit during all freezing temps I think Gold Nugget deserves a serious look. I'm seriously thinking about it. The Gold Nugget sounds to me like the best flavored fruit that matures in the spring after hanging on the tree all fall and winter. Tom

The Owari Satsumas I have are all over 15 years old and have survived down to the upper teens with no added cold protection (power outage before I had a standby generator), although I do try to cover them and provide work lights or christmas lights for heat.  I am not sure if this will be practical much longer as the largest one is about 15 feet tall and about 18 feet wide.  I have however lost a couple of others during similar freezes so there is a bit of a dice roll when they were not protected, most recently during the cold winter we had 2 years ago.

I agree with Tom about Gold Nugget.  It is a very good tasting fruit.  Generally many of the mandarins and Satsumas taste pretty much the same to me, but Gold Nugget stands out from the pack. - MIllet

I wouldn't recommend gold nugget. It is way late for southern Alabama. It is a March fruit.
I'd go with lee x orlando 15-150. Supposedly it is as cold hardy as satsuma. Fruit is great too
and I have sampled it.


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