Fortunella margarita (Lour.) Swingle
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Mr. Hale's ranch, Santa Barbara, 1912.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, Troyer citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Year-round
Season of flowering at Riverside: July to August
Notes and observations:
Nagami kumquat, Fortunella margarita, is the most commonly grown type
of kumquat. Kumquats are acid fruits that are popular in Asian countries, especially China. The tree is small to medium in size with a dense and somewhat fine texture. The trees are remarkably cold-hardy due to their tendency to become semi-dormant from late fall to early spring. Kumquat trees are especially susceptible to zinc deficiency, which can cause small leaves and reduced internode distance. The flowering season for kumquats is summer and the fruits mature in late winter, holding well on the tree. The typical Nagami fruit is oval in shape, one and one-quarter inch long and three-quarters of an inch wide. The entire fruit is eaten; the orange rind is sweet and the light orange flesh is acidic. Each fruit contains about five or six seeds.
1/21/1929, RGL: Five trifoliata seedlings were budded to this kumquat in the Riverside nursery. These trees are probably Nagami; there was a mix-up in the nursery.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"This species is the Naga or Nagami kinkan of Japan. According to Swingle, the most distinctive features of this species are the oblong, obovate, or oval form of the fruit, the narrow range in number of segments (normally four or five), the deep color and pronounced flavor of both fruit and rind, and the comparatively large leaf and tree.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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