Kartuli Citrus unshiu Marc. Mandarina unšiu
'Kartuli Saadreo' is probably a bud mutation of the 'Kawano' that was discovered in former USSR. It has a dwarf tree habitus with erect, more vertical growth and compact, dense crown full of small and narrow leaves. It has extremely high yields and starts producing the fruit very early after planting out. . It blossoms precisely one week before any other Unshiu tangerine and has quite varying yields each year. Its delicious fruit is rather average (6cm), weighs roughly 80g and grows in big clusters. The fruit's rind is usually orange, grainy, pebbled and well colored; it is tightly attached to the juicy, sweet (and slightly sour), aromatic, orange pulp. Each fruit contains 1,1% of acids, 7 % of sugars and 74 % of juices. The fruit can furthermore keep its excellent quality even after 5 months of hanging on the tree after fully ripening. The frost hardiness of 'Kartuli Saadreo' is comparable with that of other Unshiu tangerines, but this particular variety's fruit starts ripening month before most of other Unshiu tangerines, which is especially desired in our climate. Provided that it is grafted on a good rootstock, it can even be grown indoors. It is one of the triplet group "Saadreo" that shares certain similarities with 'Abchazuri' and 'Anaseuli'.