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Variegated Calamondin Orange

Citrofortunella mitis 'Variegata'

Attractive columnar shrub bears small, juicy, sour fruit excellent for preserves. Fragrant white flowers backed by variegated foliage. Nice landscape addition as hedge or screen. Ripe fruit holds well.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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LoreThis 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower, 10-15 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEdible, Showy Fruit, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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').

Follow 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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