Variegated Calamondin Tree

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The Variegated Calamondin Tree (Citrus mitis 'Variegata') produces fragrant waxy white blooms that are followed by tart, petite, orange fruit. But unlike its Calamondin cousin, the young fruit is green and creamy white striped like the unique leaves!

Fragrant flowers are typically appearing in the spring into summer, and fruit ripens for the holiday season. The fruit does hold well and is quite decorative! Container-grown plants may bloom seasonally and the plants are typically smaller than when grown in the landscape. These miniature orange-like fruits have a strong tart flavor that is often used in Thai cooking! Try your hand at creating some fantastically flavorful juice, unique flavored jams, and marmalades, or other culinary delights with these unique tropical fruits!

The entire tree is highly ornamental and is a lovely houseplant or patio plant! This immature fruit is strikingly green and yellow striped, and its variegated, clean handsome broadleaf evergreen foliage, has a compact habit, making it suitable for edible landscaping! Bees and butterflies enjoy the perfumed white blossoms, and you will too as they fragrance your space!

Outdoor hardy in growing zones 9 and up, you can bring them indoors for the winter if you live in a less-than-ideal environment. Easy-care and low maintenance, you'll enjoy loads of tiny fruit that are perfect for use in the place of lemons or limes. Create tasty fish and chicken dishes, or add them to cocktails and other refreshing beverages!

Planting and Application:

Dwarf Citrus are always a great privacy plant for year-round landscaping, anywhere you have some sun! Plant a mixture of Citrus close together for a varied and colorful, not to mention fragrant, hedgerow and shelterbelt that keeps nosy neighbors in check. Encloses your seating areas, yard or porches, and patios in year-round seclusion!

The springtime flowers are divine and the foliage delights all year long, and this tree can be pruned to any desired size and shape! Preferring full sun, keep small and place near a sunny window or under grow lights if you live in a colder climate! Simply plant the Variegated Calamondin in a container, and bring your tree indoors, and let the intoxicating Citrus scent brighten your home during the cold winter months.

  • Tart Striped Orange-Like Miniature Fruit
  • Compact For Indoors & Out
  • Fragrant White Blooms
  • Popular in Thai Cooking
  • Variegated Handsome Evergreen Glossy Foliage

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Citrus trees do need full sun, anything less and they just don't do well. Preferring morning sun to dry the leaves of dew, in a location with good air circulation. They also need very well-draining soil that is slightly acidic and fertile. Ensure containers have very good drainage and all plantings have moderate moisture access, preferring to dry out between waterings. Prune if needed after harvest, maintaining size, shape, and an open canopy for more airflow and sunlight penetration.

Protecting Container Citrus From Cold

If the temperatures in your area ever dip below that 40F range or are prone to overnight frosts, then you need to be ready to protect your tree.

Although Citrus can grow year-round in warmer regions (zones 9 and 10), they can also thrive in colder areas (zones 4 to 7) as long as the tree is brought indoors prior to the first frost of winter.

In zone 8, you can cover your tree in the event of a cold snap or unexpected overnight freeze, or move a container plant inside for the night. In-ground Citrus must be planted in a sheltered spot to avoid the worst of the chill, and not planted in a low area that collects cold air. If a spot like that is unavailable, or you are in a chill-prone climate, then you are safer planting Citrus Trees in a large, deep container with wheels to easily move them to a protected location or indoors when needed.

In cold growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors in the fall, or into a protected location, eventually moving your tree inside. Indoor plants need a bright indirect sun window, greenhouse, sunroom, or enclosed patio for the winter. In spring, reverse this process and begin acclimating your tree to again be back out in the full sun all summer. This reduces stress and leaf drop.

  • Full Sun
  • Must Have Excellent Drainage
  • Low Moisture Once Established
  • Regular Fertility - Prefers Slightly Acidic Conditions
  • Prune After Fruiting

Ultra colorful and showy, this Variegated Citrus Tree will become a standout specimen in your home or garden in no time! Nature Hills ships mature 3-4 year old root systems so you won't have to wait for your first harvest! Order your own Variegated Calamondin Tree today from to start enjoying this 4-season gem of a fruit tree yourself!

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Fruiting Ornamental Variegated Calamondin

The ornamental quality of the Variegated Calamondin makes this plant a worldwide favorite. This Citrus fruit is an important part of cuisine around the world.

The Variegated Calamondin is a more recent introduction adding a beautiful two-tone brightness to the foliage, adding 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.


Variegated Calamondin Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11 (Patio 4-11)
Growing Zones 9-11 (Patio 4-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus mitis 'Variegata'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 7 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Slightly Acidic & Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Foliage Color White & Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes

Notice On Shipping Citrus: Agricultural Laws Prevent Us From Shipping Citrus Trees Into AZ, LA, TX, and Maybe Prevented in FL or CA