Kumquats (or cumquats (Citrus japonica) are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. They were previously classified as forming the now-historical genus Fortunella, or placed within Citrus sensu lato.
The edible fruit closely resembles the orange (Citrus sinensis) in colour and shape but is much smaller, being approximately the size of a large olive. Kumquat is a fairly cold-hardy citrus.
Our decorative Citrus tree has shiny evergreen leaves and marvellously fragrant white flowers; it bears small, round, edible Kumquat fruits which have a thick sweet flavoured skin and sour pulp. The species is almost always in flower and or fruit
Regular trimming and pinching keeps the tree miniature. Pinch and trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point. Never should all of the new growth be removed; a little should always be left to sustain the health of the tree.
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