It is possibly a cross between the mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata) and the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). The temple tangor is referred to as a natural tangor. But the origin and history of this variety are somewhat obscure. This tree is spreading and bushy, somewhat thorny. It is sensitive to cold. The fruit develops a satisfactory sugar to acid ratio only when grown in the warmest interior valleys. The fruit is large, usually subglobose, with a pebbled, reddish-orange rind. The flesh is orange-colored, tender, and juicy with a rich flavor. Temple tangor is medium to late in maturity.