Citrofortunella x mitis 'Variegata'
Variegated Calamondin fruit
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Height: 8 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Calamansi, Panama Orange, Orange Calamondin
Very beautiful dark green and cream variegated foliage on this shrub or small tree; fragrant flowers are followed by small juicy sour fruit that are used for preserves; a great container plant for the patio or indoors in colder climates
Features & Attributes
Variegated Calamondin features showy clusters of fragrant white star-shaped flowers with buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from mid to late spring. Its attractive glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color with showy creamy white variegation and tinges of grayish green throughout the year. The small orange fruit is edible and has a sour taste . Note that in general, it can be difficult to get plants to reliably produce indoors; this may be a challenge best reserved for experienced gardeners.
This is a multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.
Planting & Growing
When grown indoors, Variegated Calamondin can be expected to grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 50 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.