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PlantFiles: Kumquat
Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fortunella (for-tun-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: margarita (mar-gar-EE-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Nagami

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TrippInn On Feb 28, 2015, TrippInn from Chicago, IL wrote:

I have a six foot potted tree here in Chicago, IL. During the cold winters it lives in a room with southern exposure and in the summer sits in full sun. I love the blossoms and fruit. Last year I harvested over 80 kumquats and canned marmalade and candied halves. We also enjoyed them fresh.

Neutral sa538 On Nov 28, 2011, sa538 from New York, NY wrote:

Hello everyone,
My boyfriend and I recently got a kumquat tree from the Chelsea flower market (in New York) for our apartment. The tree is about 3 feet tall and is now sitting in a south facing, well-insulated window of the apartment. We are very concerned about why it has dropped five perfectly glossy, green leaves in the 3 days since we have brought it home. I have been searching the internet for specific care instructions that give precise indications about caring for a kumquat indoors, but I have not found anything very helpful. Would anyone here have any recommendations or information that might help? Anything you might be able to offer would be deeply appreciated!
Thank you,

Positive plantsNfashion On Oct 13, 2010, plantsNfashion from Harper Woods, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've had this plant for almost a year now, and it has been very rewarding to grow! It fruits, and flowers on a regular basis, and even on a very small plant. At the moment it has 15 fruits on a 12 inch plant. Definitely a very impressive little plant!

Positive rdbobt On Nov 8, 2003, rdbobt wrote:

My Husband received this plant for Christmas last year. As soon as the temperature warmed to nights above 50, it was set in hot sun and bloomed it's little heart out here in zone 8.Cut the fruit in slices or just halves and put in a glass of ice tea.It is not only tasty but pretty.

Positive Nitrocld On Jan 15, 2003, Nitrocld wrote:

This makes a great lunch addition.

Positive IslandJim On Oct 8, 2002, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wonderful smallish citrus tree. Bears profusely. Makes a great pre-decorated Christmas tree in subtropical climates. Fruit is eaten out of hand [rind and all] or candied. Also makes very good marmalade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Foley, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Cypress, California
Long Beach, California
Mountain View Acres, California
San Marino, California
Venice, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Dade City, Florida
Neptune Beach, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Valparaiso, Florida
Venice, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Marrero, Louisiana
Harper Woods, Michigan
Carmel, New York
Beaufort, South Carolina
Bluffton, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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