X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

The Calamondin (Citrofortunella microcarpa) is a hybrid citrus fruit tree resulting from cross-breeding a mandarin orange with a kumquat hence the ‘X ‘preceding the genus name.  This small bushy evergreen tree or shrub originates from China or the Philippines. It has a maximum height of 3 to 7m when growing conditions are favourable. It is popular for its resistance to pests and diseases, and holds economic value in various countries.

Leaves and the white star-shaped flowers of X Citrofortunella microcarpa have a strong. It blooms throughout the year, with single white flowers appearing in short bouquets along the auxiliaries and branch ends. Fruits are borne gradually throughout the year and remain on the tree for several months. The fruit is either variegated or plain orange with a tart, acid flavour similar to a lemon or lime. Citrus Calamondin favours well-drained soils and does not do well on clay soils.

Although mainly grown as an ornamental, Citrus Calamondin can also be cultivated for its Citrus juice. The fruit has many health benefits. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, D-Limonene, and essential oils, providing benefits to the immune system and anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-angiogenic, and anti-cancer properties, and it exhibits various therapeutic effects.

It can grow and produce fruit even when grown in a pot, making it ideal for tiny gardens and patios. This shrub grows well grows both under full sun and semi-shade conditions. It is frost-hardy and can tolerate low temperatures up to -6 degrees Celsius.

The Sun Trees Team

At Highveld Tree Fellers we strive for responsible tree felling practices that contribute to the environments well-being, demonstrating our commitment to the planet for future generations to come.