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Calamondin

Rutaceae Citrus reticulata var. austera x Fortunella sp.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The calamondin is a small, slightly oblate fruit, generally not over 1.5 inches in diameter, with a deep orange color. The tree is relatively hardy for a citrus and may reach 20 feet in height. It is rather widely grown as an ornamental. Fruit is somewhat intermediate between the kumquat and tangerine. Peel is tender and edible like the kumquat, and separates from the flesh like a tangerine when fully mature. The fruit makes an excellent marmalade, and an acceptable acid drink.


Season, bloom to mature: 8 to 12 months.

Production in U.S.: No data, not commercially grown for fruit. Widely grown ornamental, including pot plants, and dooryard trees.

Use: Fruit may be made into marmalade or juice.

Part of fruit consumed: All except seeds.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch