For more luck and prosperity in your landscape, try the ever-popular Nagami Kumquat (Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'). This small tree produces citrus fruit that has been a food staple for centuries throughout China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. It's most popular for its distinctively luscious fruit, beautiful form and year-round fruit display.
Nagami Kumquat is the most popular variety grown in the United States. The most outstanding feature is of course the fruit itself. There's nothing that tastes quite like it.
The oval, bright orange-colored fruit is about the size of a large olive. The fresh fruit is eaten whole for a sweet and sour flavor experience. Yes, even the rind is edible. As you chew, the sweet rind and sour pulp blend in your mouth. It's a perfect blend of acid and sugar.
Remember, "Don't stop chewing" to achieve the most incredible flavor while eating fresh. Candied, cooked, canned or eaten whole, Kumquats are a tasty, not-to-be-missed treat in any form!
Try juicing the pulp for special mixed Citrus-infused water. Squeeze into gin and tonic cocktails as a special alternative to lime. Decorate the rim of your glass with a twist of the Nagami rind.
You can also slice the sweet rind to add to salads. This is a very healthy alternative to those overly sweet dried cranberries that have been sprayed with too much sugar.
Candy them for a gift or use the fruit for jelly. Serve with savory meats for an easy, delicious Asian fusion meal.
How nice to grow your own Kumquats!
A beautiful "ornamental" edible, the Nagami Kumquat tree has a very formal, upright character. This small, fruit-bearing evergreen tree makes a perfect focal point in the landscape. It will also thrive on the patio as a tremendous container specimen.
Tiny white flowers appear in the early spring have a richly tropical appearance. They are delightfully fragrant and perfume your whole yard.
The prolific Nagami Kumquat tree produces an abundance of fruit each growing season. The new winter crop is a prized decoration on the tree during the Lunar New Year and plants are brought indoors for the celebration in Asia and the United States.
Once established, the orange fruit can hang on the tree for months. This gives it a wonderful display value in the landscape. Deep green leaves give a soft, healthy appearance to your tree year-round, even when not in bloom or fruit.
The upright, compact plant is a moderate grower and is able to be easily trained into a very attractive vase shape. It will become a sophisticated and useful specimen.
This adaptable and lovely plant is a great choice for edible and ornamental landscapes alike. People all over the world adore these citrus plants. Order today!
Kumquats are one of the best adapted of all Citrus to container growing. Plant a Nagami in a special pot for years of enjoyment. Citrus is sensitive to overwatering in the container, so be careful to keep it on the dry side. It's better to let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.
Citrus trees prefer an acid soil mix, select a potting soil that is used for Azaleas, Camelia's or Rhododendrons. Add a quarter-inch of bark or pathway bark at the rate of 25% of the total volume of the container. This improves both porosity and adds large particle organic matter.
Feed your container citrus quarterly with an acid fertilizer like Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic Fertilizer.
If you see this popular tree in stock, please order right away. We regularly take calls on this, and it's in high demand. Order now!
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How can anyone not appreciate a fruit that is associated with good luck and prosperity? The Nagami Kumquat represents just that in the Chinese and Vietnamese culture. Each year, during the Lunar New Year, the Nagami Kumquat is brought into the home to play a key role in the family's celebration.
Believed to be native to China, the first descriptions occur in Chinese literature in the late 1100's. By the early 1700's, they are reported to be growing in Japan. In 1846, famous plant explorer Robert Fortune introduces the Nagami Kumquat to the Royal Horticultural Society in London, England. Reports began around 1850 of the Nagami being present in North America, but not until 1885 was it formally introduced into Florida by Glen St. Mary and the Royal Palm Nurseries.
The Botanical name for Nagami Kumquat is Fortunella margarita, named after Robert Fortune, who first introduced it in to Europe. He first described the fruit as being widely adaptable, growing in hot dry climates and able to tolerate temperatures as low as 10 degrees for short periods of time without damage. This observation came from plants grown in the tea growing regions of China, where even the Satsuma mandarin was said to have trouble growing.
From the mid 1800's, the Nagami spread rapidly across the United States following the Chinese immigrant laborers. In addition to its ceremonial role, the Nagami Kumquat was an important part of the Chinese diet, as well as used in Chinese medicine.
The Nagami kumquat, as a plant, was always prized for its decorative, bushy habit and profuse, fragrant blooms and was quite often used as an ornamental plant. Adaptability to being grown in a container added to the plant's ability to survive in areas far outside of its ideal climates zones. Containerizing allowed the plants to be moved to protective locations during the cold winters.
Today, the Nagami continues in all the roles it has been important to for centuries. Fruited plants around the Chinese New Year are always in high demand. The Nagami's appeal, though, has continued far beyond the Asian culture to become a popular home garden variety, prized for the wonderfully unusual eating experience, as well as the beautiful ornamental quality it adds to the modern landscape.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'|
|Mature Height||15 - 18 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Growth Rate||Medium, Slow|