Citrus unshiu Marc. x
Fortunella crassifolia Swing.
Kumquats and their hybrids
January – April
Hybrid resulting by controlled hybridization between a Satsuma and a Meiwa Kumquat. Apparently obtained in Washington DC (USA) in the early 1930s, it was described in Florida in 1935. Its common name (Orangequat) does not match the appearance of the tree nor the fruit, as it is not similar to an orange tree but to a mandarin.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
The tree is slow growing and rather small in size, but of open growth and very productive. Dark green leaves with a tendency to curl towards the upper side. Large fruit among the kumquats, oval or obovate morphology, with characteristic basal neck and may show small apical mamelon. Rind of intense orange color at maturity, relatively thick and finely pitted. Medium albedo, spongy. Juicy and acid pulp, distributed in 7 heart-shaped segments. Some seeds are present.
The fruit ripens early and keeps well on the tree. Variety with high ornamental value. The fruits are used to make an excellent jam.