Ichimaru Citrus unshiu Marc. Mandarina unšiu
'Ichimaru' is an extremely early variety that replaces 'Wakayama' in Croatia. It has somewhat bigger and tastier fruit than most of other Unshiu tangerines.
'Ichimaru' is slightly smaller than other Unshiu trees and can be as high as 2 metres, having a very distinctive, wide crown full of overhanging branches. It is the most dwarfed Unshiu tangerine tree cultivated in Croatia. Its leaves resemble the leaves of 'Zorana', which are slightly wider, less spear-shaped and around 9cm long. The red-orange 'Ichimaru' fruit is small, flattened and weighs approximately 80g. Its pulp is both sweet and sour at the same time, but contains more acids than sugars. When the fruit is stored more than 5 days, the amount of sugars usually rises significantly. Even though it usually ripens from later October, many Croatian farmers sell the 'Ichimaru' fruit already in late September and early October. It is sold as "bračská mandarina" (The Brach tangerine), because the largest plantains, where Croatians cultivate this tangerine is the island Brać (Brach). It is suitable for growing in the greenhouses and because of its dwarf height and other habitus parameters it can freely be cultivated in the soil. If the greenhouse is not heated during the autumn, this variety ripens at the same time as 'Chahara', in late October.