The Ponkan is an Asian mandarin variety and is the perfect mandarin for small backyards as the tree grows tall and slender and several can be planted close together without taking up much space

"The fruit is large (for a mandarin), with strong furrowed but relatively short neck or low collar; apex usually deeply depressed and with radiating furrows; sometimes with a naval. Rind is medium-thickness, fairly loose and extremely easy to peel with 10 segments.
Flesh color orange; tender and melting, juicy; flavor mild and pleasant, and aromatic. It has few seeds which are , small , plump, and polyembryonic;. They are an Early mid season cropper.

Mandarin Tree (Ponkan , Asian)Marcot grown

  • The tree is extremely vigorous and distinctive in appearance because of it's pronounced upright growth habit and is very productive but with strong alternate-bearing tendency. This is the famous and highly reputed ponkan of South China and Formosa, the Batangas mandarin of the Philippines, and the Nagpur suntara or santra (various other spellings) of India. Other names that occur in the literature and should best be dropped include Swatow orange and Chinese Honey orange. Climatically, the ponkan is one of the most tropical mandarins. Under tropical conditions the fruit attains maximum size and quality and finds little competition from other mandarins..Even still it is also a very common mandarin in Japan where the climate gets extremely cold , so it really is one of the toughest mandarins on the planet and can handle many different climates.