Tart, Miniature Orange Popular in Thai Cooking
The Variegated Calamondin produces fragrant blooms that are followed by tart, petite, orange fruit, like its Calamondin cousin. These 1" miniature orange-like fruits have a strong tart flavor that is often used in Thai cooking; used in the place of lemon.
This immature fruit is strikingly green and yellow striped. Its variegated, clean handsome foliage, with a compact habit, makes it suitable for indoors or patio containers.
It prefers full sun, near a sunny window or under a grow light indoors. The Variegated Calamondin makes a nice landscape addition as a hedge or screen. The flowers set in spring time, and this tree reaches to 10 to 15 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide. It can be pruned to a desired shape.
If you live in a colder climate, simply plant them in a container. Bring your tree indoors near a sunny window, and let the intoxicating citrus scent brighten your home during cold winter days.
* Striped, orange-like fruit
* Compact tree
* Fragrant blooms
* Tart fruit popular in Thai cooking
* Grow indoors & out
Delicious Beloved Fruiting Ornamental
The ornamental quality of the Calamondin and the Variegated Calamondin makes this plant a world-wide favorite. The fruit of this unique citrus variety has become an import part of many cultures cuisine around the world.
A member of the complex group of citruses called X Citrofortunella, the Calamondin is thought to be a cross between an unknown variety of sour Mandarin and an unknown Kumquat variety. Most likely a native of China, today most Calamondins are commonly grown for fruit in the Philippines. Some other unique selections in the Citrofortunella family are, Limequat's and Orangequat's. The Calamondin is also known as a Calamansi in the Philippines where it is a traditional part of Filipino cooking.
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 in 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.
The Variegated Calamondin is a more recent introduction adding a beautiful brightness to the foliage and adds to the ornamental value of this unique variety. Along with the white variegation of the leaf is the fruit with green stripes vertically around the peel. The Variegated Calamondin still maintains all of the great qualities of the regular green leafed selection.
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Citrus mitis 'Variegata'|
|Mature Height||7 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 years|