Our Cumquat Range
To keep your Cumquats nice and bushy prune them seasonally directly after fruiting in late winter.
CUMQUAT CALAMONDIN (x Citrofortunella microcarpa)
In the early nineties, Engall’s and another leading citrus nursery, renamed the Calamondin, the Australian Cumquat, as most Australians, when referring to a cumquat meant this variety. The Calamondin is also known as the Calamansi throughout parts of Asia, particularly in the Philippines. It is by far the most popular cumquat grown in Australia. Calamondins are a bushy tree with dense foliage, making it ideal as a pot specimen, or standardised into a topiary ball or even used as a hedge. For a cumquat, the fruit can be quite large, up to golf ball in size. The fruit ripens in mid-winter, and is a bright orange colour, making a fabulous display against the green foliage. Branches with fruit are also used in floristry as they are highly ornamental. Although the fruit can be eaten straight from the tree, it is very acidic and sour, therefore the fruit is mainly used in jams and marmalades or preserved in alcohol to make tasty brandies and liqueurs. Also see our Dwarf Calamondin variety.
CUMQUAT VARIEGATED (Calamondin ‘variegata’)
The variegated cumquat is a sport of the calamondin that has the unusual variegation on both the leaves and the fruit. Variegated plants come in out of fashion, and the popularity of the variegated cumquat is just as varied. Some people love it, while others hate it.
CUMQUAT NAGAMI (Fortunella margarita ‘Nagami’)
Often referred to as the oblong, or tear drop cumquat, due to the shape of the fruit. The unusual feature of the Nagami cumquat is in the eating of the fruit. The fruit is eaten whole, skin and all. The inside is still quite sour, but the skin has the sweeter flavour, when eaten together it produces an unusual refreshing flavour. Often, people will bite the end off and squeeze out the excess juice, removing more off the sour flavour and leaving the sweeter flavour of the skin. The fruit can be a highly sought after delicacy, often fetching up to $30 per kilo in fruit shops. Fruit ripens mid to late winter and always crops very heavily, making a spectacular display against the dark green foliage. The tree is smaller growing and dwarf in nature, making it ideal for pots and has even been used in bonsai.
CUMQUAT MEIWA (Fortunella crassifolia)
A compact, bushy and decorative tree that is ideal for growing in pots. Meiwa trees are quite slow growing and in cold climates may become semi-dormant, which ensures they are more cold-tolerant than other citrus. The fruit is small, round and orange. It has a thick sweet and fragrant skin and tangy flesh and although there are some seeds, the fruit is delicious eaten whole straight from the tree. Meiwa fruits in Winter.