Variegated Calamondin Orange
Variegated Calamondin Orange
Citrofortunella mitis 'Variegata'Item #2626 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
Attractive columnar shrub bears small, juicy, sour fruit excellent for preserves. Fragrant white flowers back variegated foliage. Nice landscape addition as hedge or screen. Ripe fruit holds well.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus re-tik-u-LA-taPlant type:CitrusDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:ColumnarGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower, 10-15 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesFragrantDesign IdeasCitrus plants are the perfect combination of ornamental and edible plant values, but dwarf citrus are even more versatile because they fit in limited spaces. Make this citrus a single small accent tree in gardens were fragrance can be appreciated close up. Add to foundation planting outside a window. If low foliage is left in place these double as a background foliage plant for more colorful shrubs and tropicals. Integrate into existing beds and borders. Variegation and fragrant flowers plus bright fruit make this an outstanding small tree for large terra cotta pots in the Italian style that may be moved for winter protection in marginal areas.Companion PlantsGrow this orange with tropical appearing plants such as Rainbow Surprise Mirror Plant (Coprosma x 'Rainbow Surprise'), Festival Grass Cordyline, (Cordyline x 'Jurred') and Red Leafed Banana, (Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'). It's also equally at home with a drier Mediterranean palette such as Provance English Lavender, (Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'), BBQ Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis 'BBQ') and Sun Stripe Variegated Pampas Grass, (Cortaderia selloana 'Monvin').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Calamondin oranges are considered ornamental oranges developed as the result of an Asiatic cross between the Mandarin orange, Citrus reticulata and the kumquat, Fortunella margarita. Its use is primarily in the manufacture of a beverage and in marmalade. Except for the citron that was known in Roman times, the genus Citrus can be tracked back to the land of its origin: Southeast Asia, India, southern China and Malaysia. Arab traders were the first to bring oranges out of Asia and in the 12 century they introduced the orange into Spain. From there it was imported into colonies in Florida and California.Lore:This Calamondin Orange is an ornamental plant but it can be used to create jams and marmalade, and a sour lemonade drink, but is not sweet enough eat fresh.