Botanical name: Citrus clementina
Common name: Clementine
General features: The clementine is a hybrid obtained by crossing mandarin and bitter orange. It is a small, robust tree, more vigorous than the mandarin, with rounded, expanded foliage. The leaves are evergreen, lanceolate and bright green. The flowers are small, white, fragrant, single or clustered. Its fruit, the clementine, is a small berry, also called hesperidium, round, with smooth or slightly wrinkled skin and a bright orange colour.
Curiosity: This is a citrus fruit of recent origin. It was named 'clementine' in honour of Brother Clement Rodier of the Agricultural Mission of the Fathers of St. Spirit, who discovered it in 1898 and propagated it in the kitchen garden of an orphanage in Misserghin, Algeria.
Ornamental virtues: The clementine is a graceful plant, ideal for the ornamental section. The bright colour of the fruit and its harmonious shape, together with its heady scent, have quickly won over enthusiasts and not only!