Citrus Tree Calamondin - Plant
Calamondin, Citrus mitis, is an acid citrus fruit originating in China, which was introduced to the U.S. as an "acid orange" about 1900. This plant is grown more for its looks than for its fruit edibility and performs well as a patio plant or when trimmed as a hedge. It is hardy to 20 degrees F. and is hardier to cold than any other true citrus specie---only the trifoliate orange and the kumquat are more tolerant to low temperatures. The edible fruit is small and orange, about one inch in diameter, and resembles a small tangerine. The peel is thin and smooth, yellow to yellow-orange and easily separable. Calamondins can be grown as a dooryard tree as an ornamental and will do very well as a tub or container plant in colder regions that commonly do not grow citrus. It is moderately drought-tolerant. Calamondin potted citrus plants prefer bright light for best growth and fruiting. You may keep them at medium light intensities during midwinter. The calamondin orange is the most popular potted citrus, although Meyer lemon trees are also satisfactory for home use.