Calamondin Orange Tree
Miniature 'Orange' with Year Round Blooms
Calamondin oranges are little tricksters. They look like oranges, just smaller versions. They smell like oranges when they are in bloom. They juice like oranges when they are sliced. But, all that enticing 'orangeness' gets tossed out the window when you taste one. The taste is much closer to a sour lime than a sweet orange!
Calamondin fruit is most often used in cooking to take the place of lemon or lime. These are a great substitute for anything you would use a sour citrus for - fish, chicken, iced tea, Asian cuisine, baking, etc. In Florida in the 50's, Calamondin Orange trees were all the rage for the home landscape. You would often see stands selling a sweet, lemonade-like drink made with Calamondin instead of lemons. They make a great marmalade, too.
Calamondin Orange tree care is pretty simple. It prefers moist, well drained soil and make sure you keep it evenly watered after you first get it. The goal is not to let it dry out. Once it has been established, keep it a little bit on the drier side.
These trees have a nice shape which makes them standouts in the landscape or in the container. They are often used in ornamental bonsai. They can have flowers and fruit at the same time, so they make great specimens for greenhouse or indoor culture. When the trees are in bloom they will perfume your entire house.
The sooner that you order, the sooner you can be enjoying the conversation-starting fruit from these beautiful trees.
- Small, round sweet/sour fruit
- Great in containers
- Great for cooking and juicing
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Calamondin Adds Flavor to Many Cultural Foods
Most likely a native of China, but most Calamondins are commonly grown for fruit in the Philippines. The fruit of this unique citrus variety has become an import part of many culture's cuisine around the world.
Considered one of the hardiest of the citruses, the Calamondin has become a popular ornamental throughout the world. Introduced into the Florida in about 1899, It became popular in both Florida and Texas mostly as an ornamental plant or rootstock. In the early 1960's, Florida greenhouse growers began marketing the Calamondin as a houseplant and in a short time spread the variety around the United States.
The beauty of the upright almost columnar habit of the tree, along with the fragrant flower and profuse fruit set year to year made the Calamondin a houseplant and landscape hit. in mild climates where citrus does well in the ground, Calamondins became a popular hedge plant or formal shrub. Calamondins make the perfect container plant for patios, which makes them ideal for cold climate citrus growers. Calamondins adapt well to being brought into the house and placed by a bright window for the winter.
Calamondins are served with food and drink as a lime substitute or preserved in syrup or as a marmalade, jelly or pickled and canned. The juice is valued for adding flavor to acid drinks and cocktails.
|Botanical Name||Citrus madurensis Lour.'Calamondin'|
|Mature Height||16 - 18 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Soil Type||Moist, Well-Drained|
|Moisture||Evenly moist to establish, well drained soils then on the drier side after establishment|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||Late Spring, Summer|