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This wonderful compact-growing citrus tree, or bushy shrub with variegated cream and green foliage, is a hybrid between the mandarin orange and the cumquat. It’s somewhat more ornamental than edible. It has an attractive, upright, evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves that produce prolific, small, round, orange-like bitter fruit with a loose skin like mandarins.
Calamondin bear fragrant, creamy-white, starry blossoms in spring releasing a sweet, strong fragrance around your garden.
The shrub has few thorns and is cold hardy. It’s a great container plant around courtyards, patios, decks and swimming pool surroundings. They can be left to grow as rounded shrubs, used as border hedging, as feature plants in formal herb gardens or Mediterranean style gardens – or trained into standards with a globose head on top of a clean stem. The Calamondin fruit is largely unpalatable raw, but is perfect for preserves, brandies, liqueurs, marmalades, pickles and crystallising.
- Shelter from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming.
|Size — 165mm|
|Growth Height — 3m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Foliage Colour — Variegated|
|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.
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