Calamondin Orange

The Calamondin Orange Tree

The Calamondin is the most popular potted citrus variety in the world. They looked like oranges but don’t let the skin fool you in how they will taste. They are rather tart and in small doses fine to eat. Calamondin oranges are better suited for marmalade. They grown very easily in containers and produce reliably and abundantly in cooler climates.

Basic Information

Common Name Calamondin Orange
Botanical Name Citrofortunella microcarpa
Location of Origin Philippines
USDA Zones 9 – 11
Can be grown in containers? Yes

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit Size Small
Fruit Shape Round
Fruit Flavor Sour
Rind Thickness Thin
Rind Texture Smooth
Rind Color Orange
Flesh Color Bright Orange
Easy to Peel? Yes
Seeds Few

Tree Details

Has Thorns? Slightly
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Size Small
Flower Color White
Flower Size Small
Mature Tree Height in Ground 6′ – 10′
Fruit Bearing Age 3 – 4 years old
Alternate Bearing? No
Heat to Sweeten Fruit? No

Growing Conditions

Temperature Hardy to 32 ºF
Self-fertile? Yes
Sunlight Required Full Sun
Bloom Season in Minnesota Year Round
Harvest Season in Minnesota Year Round
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

Images

This struggling calamondin. with itswilting yellow leaves, is on the verge of death
This struggling Calamondin. with its wilting yellow leaves, is on the verge of death.