Calamondin Orange Tree

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Characteristics of Calamondin Orange Trees

Most often grown as a beautiful ornamental, the Calamondin Orange Tree, sometimes known as Calamonsi or Miniature Orange, also produces edible fruit. It is a cross between mandarin orange and kumquat, and it is originally from China. It has been grown in Florida since the early 1900’s and has been a popular potted plant for decades. This fruit tree is also known for being used for bonsai.

This is the perfect plant to accent your patio or sunroom—with the bonus of citrus fruit. Enjoy attractive green leaves, beautiful white blossoms, and orange-scented flowers. The Calamondin oranges are a vibrant yellow orange, and the tree can produce fruit year-round. Potted Calamondin trees should be brought indoors during winter months.

The Fruit

Calamondin oranges look like small oranges. They are slightly sour, making them more like limes and lemons in taste and use. The peels are edible, and the fruit is often eaten whole. Calamondin oranges contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

The orange fruit is prized in marmalades. Bakers enjoy using Calamondin oranges in recipes to replace lemons or limes, such as bars, tarts, and cookies.

Growing Calamondin Orange Trees

Grown in the ground, these citrus trees can reach six to ten feet tall. In a garden pot, the tree’s height will be reduced by the size of the pot. This is a self-pollinating variety, so outdoor trees will produce fruit by natural means. Indoor trees can be pollinated by hand using a small paintbrush.

These citrus trees require moist, but not wet, soil, and should be watered deeply, but not frequently. See below for information on the tree’s characteristics and plant care.

Calamondin oranges are not commonly grown commercially, so you will not likely find them in your local grocery store. Buy a Calamondin orange tree and enjoy this beautiful plant and unique fruit!

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.5
Taste Sweet, Tart
Texture Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 2 - 11

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 11 Outdoors: 8 - 11
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.
This item can be grown in colder climates if it's planted in a container and brought indoors during the winter months. If you're planting it outdoors in the ground, we recommend being within the outdoor zone range.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow citrus trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.


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