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botanical name:
Fortunella margarita
Fortunella margarita © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Kumquat
family:  Rutaceae
characteristics: tree, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 4.00m
width: 2.50m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: orange
stem/bark: brown
main season: All Year
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Slow growing evergreen shrub or small tree of bushy, well branched habit. Glossy dark green leaves. Stems sometimes have small thorns. Fragrant white flowers in spring later followed by small, oval. bright orange fruits.

cultivation:
Not very cold hardy but tolerates lower temperatures than most citrus, although fruiting is best in warm conditions. Best in a reasonably fertile loamy soil and a sunny sheltered position.

propagation:
From seed, cuttings or by grafting.
Seedlings and young plants need protection from cold.

usage:
Edible fruits, often used in preserves.
Ornamental shrub for mild climates or suitable for containers and conservatories.

other notes:
Originated in China. Long history of cultivation in China and Japan.

pronounced: for-tew-NEL-uh mar-gar-EE-tuh

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