A medium sized, evergreen shrub with fragrant, white flowers which mature over the winter months producing a small, oval fruit that is a brilliant deep orange colour with a highly aromatic skin. The fruit holds onto the tree for a long time making it an ideal ornamental shrub perfect for containers or topiaries. It can be eaten whole - skin and all the inside flesh is rather sour but the rind has a sweet flavour producing a refreshing taste sensation. The fruit can also be used the same way as other cumquats for jams, crystallising and making liqueurs. It requires a sunny, warm site with moist, well-drained soil.
- Protect from frost especially during flowering or while fruit is forming.
|Growth Width — 1.5m|
|Growth Height — 2m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.
Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.
Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.