A Small Fruit with Big Flavor
The Nagami Kumquat is a small, fruit-bearing evergreen tree. Plant one near your house so you don’t miss a moment of its lovely flowers or striking fruit. They also do well as a container planting so they can easily be moved indoors in inclement weather.
Your Nagami Kumquat is perhaps the most popular Kumquat variety grown in the United States, and its outstanding feature is of course the fruit itself. There’s nothing that tastes quite like it. The oval, orange-colored fruit is about an inch in diameter and commonly eaten whole.
Biting into the Kumquat, the sweet citrus flavor of the peel is sure to delight your senses, but is nothing compared to the tart explosion of flavor that follows when your taste buds encounter the juicy interior. Candied, cooked, canned or eaten whole, Kumquats are a tasty, not-to-be-missed treat in any form!
Your Nagami Kumquat is a dwarf, growing to about 10 feet tall with a shrub-like appearance but quite similar to an orange tree. This Nagami is somewhat frost hardy, able to survive some cold temperatures for short periods of time. 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.
The 5-peteled, white flowers that appear in the spring have a rich, waxy appearance and are delightfully fragrant. You can depend on their charming allure to draw pollinators to your yard. The 3-inch, deep green oval leaves provide a vibrant, healthy appearance to your tree year-round, even when not in bloom or fruit.
Kumquates are low in calories but a rich source of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber. Growing your own Kumquat, especially on a plant that is both adaptable and lovely, is an obvious choice over the usual fruit-bearing trees commonly available for your yard.
* Delicious fruit
* Spring flowers
* Prolific producer
Adaptable, Ornamental Fruit Tree Grows Delicious Fruit
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 Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'|
|Mature Height||7 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||2 - 3 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 years|