Meiwa Kumquat

The Meiwa Kumquat Tree

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Meiwa are a favorite among kumquat connoisseurs for their sweeter taste. They are larger, rounder, and more flavorful than the Nagami. For this reason, in some circles they are called the “sweet kumquat”. While there are seeds in the fruit, pay them no mind; the fruit is eaten whole. Instead of grabbing a handful of candies or treats, snack on some freshly picked kumquats instead.

Basic Information

Common Name Meiwa Kumquat
Botanical Name Fortunella crassifolia
Location of Origin Japan
USDA Zones 8b-10
Can be grown in containers? Yes

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit Size Small
Fruit Shape Round
Fruit Flavor Sweet rind, Sour flesh
Rind Thickness Thin
Rind Texture Smooth
Rind Color Golden
Flesh Color Light Orange
Easy to Peel? N/A, fruit eaten whole
Seeds Few
Growth Habit Compact, Upright

Tree Details

Has Thorns? No
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Size Small
Flower Color White
Flower Size Small
Mature Tree Height in Ground 4′ – 8′
Fruit Bearing Age 3 – 4 years old
Alternate Bearing? No
Heat to Sweeten Fruit? Yes

Growing Conditions

Temperature Hardy to 28ºF
Self-fertile? Yes
Sunlight Required Full Sun
Bloom Season in Minnesota Summer
Harvest Season in Minnesota Winter
Average Spring/Summer Watering Once every 1-2 weeks, more often when hot
Average Fall/Winter Watering Once every 3 weeks

Guides for Growing in Containers


3 year old meiwa kumquat tree
3 year old Meiwa kumquat tree
Check out this little meiwa fruit
Check out this little meiwa fruit growing. Hopefully i’ll be able to pop this into my mouth late fall.
Cluster of meiwa kumquat fruit developing in mid August 2018
It’s mid August and it looks like we have over a dozen Meiwa kumquats growing strong. New growth is also flushing on the tree. All signs are good.

meiwa kumquat blooms indoors