High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Nagami Kumquat fruit
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 8 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8
Attractive deep green foliage with lighter green undersides on a compact plant; fragrant flowers produce orange oval fruit year-round indoors; protect from frost; a great container plant for the patio or indoors in colder climates
Nagami Kumquat is a medium-sized shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces orange fruit which are usually ready for picking from early spring to late winter. The fruits have a sweet taste.
The fruit are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Nagami Kumquat features showy clusters of fragrant white star-shaped flowers with buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from early spring to late winter. It has attractive dark green foliage with light green undersides. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features an abundance of magnificent orange berries from early spring to late winter.
This is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Nagami Kumquat is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Nagami Kumquat will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Nagami Kumquat is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.