Calamondin

X Citrofortunella microcarpa | Also known as: Calamondin orange, Panama orange, Philippine lime, Citrus calamondin, x Citrofortunella mitis, Citrus mitis, Citrus madurensis 'Calamondin', | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A small evergreen tree, x citrofortunella microcarpa is a hybrid of citrus species that offers genuine culinary uses as well as a pleasing appearance. Commonly known as calamondin, it is a tender plant that is best to grow indoors, only moving outside when the weather warms up. A single, slender grey trunk supports thin branches smothered in glossy, ovate, mid-green leaves. Its fruit, the calamansi, emerges in autumn looking much like a small, round lime, but when ripe, resembles a tangerine. Commonly used to flavour dishes and drinks, this spring bloomer produces small white, star-shaped blossoms. Calamondin thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic loamy soil. Some light pruning may be required.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3 - 6
Spread [m]
  • 2 - 3
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Bushy
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Fruit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
  • Mediterranean garden
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years