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Meiwa Kumquat, Sweet Kumquat, Sweet Kinkan
Fortunella crassifolia

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fortunella (for-tun-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: crassifolia (krass-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
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Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

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Loxley, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Garden Grove, California

Long Beach, California

Oceanside, California

Dade City, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Key West, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Marrero, Louisiana

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Houston, Texas (5 reports)

Manvel, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

5
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 17, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- We have had better luck with Meiwa kumquat as a pot plant than with other citrus, including Nagami kumquat and limequat, both of which did not survive. The small leaves and small fruit of the Meiwa make it good for a potted plant. We have had ours for 2 1/2 years and it is doing well and bears strongly. It is in a relatively harsh location, against an east-facing brick wall with a lot of morning and noontime summer sun but afternoon shade. We give it a winter cover and does fine.

Neutral

On Mar 28, 2013, BecwarGardeners from Manvel, TX wrote:

We purchased one of these almost 2 years ago now. It's slightly taller than it was and produced far less this last round than the one before. We have an almost 3 year old who really enjoyed picking the fruit and in the process, tearing off parts of the plant. Amazingly, it has survived nonetheless. I'm not entirely certain it will ever be the large plant that so many seem to have. It is definitely a fighter, though!

Positive

On Jul 16, 2009, beckyham from Houston, TX wrote:

i had a horrible move ,these have not had the care they should and they are still producing and the fruit is wonderfull

Positive

On Dec 15, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant has been loaded with fruit since early September and is still producing here in December. I was worried that it would not over winter outside, but it survived the snow we just had with no visible damage.

Positive

On Apr 28, 2007, ManicReality from Houston, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant smells wonderful, I have just received it. It is outside and doing fine so far. Plan on keepin an eye on it in the hot Houston summer, however I have seen lots of them around town so I'm sure it'll be fine.

Positive

On Mar 8, 2006, phoenixtropical from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Kumquats appear to suffer more from the AZ sun than other varieties of citrus because they are slow growing. Meiwa kumquat fruits are much sweeter and tastier than the more common Nagami kumquat. Meiwa fruit is also different than Nagami in its outward appearance being spherical in shape rather than oblong. Another kumquat, named Marumi, also has round fruit but they are smaller and spicier than the Meiwa. The Marumi tree has thorns whereas the Meiwa does not. Several Marumi trees are present on campus at Arizona State University. Meiwa kumquats are extremely hard if not impossible to find in Arizona nurseries. This is partly due to the fact that Meiwas are unusually hard to graft.

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