Garden - Lucky Kumquat


Scientific name: Citrus japonica

Type: Citrus

Climate: Non-specific 

Use: Fruits (raw, jam or candied), festive tree/bonsai

ID: Evergreen shrubs, small white flowers, orange edible fruits (80-100 per year per tree)

Characteristics: Survive in most climates and temperature

Added to garden: 2015


In Eastern traditions, the kumquat tree is considered a symbol of prosperity and good luck. It is one of the Lunar New Year's most popular festive trees. In miniature form, kumquat could be cultivated as bonsai. 

Although the fruits can be eaten raw, they are typically served as jam or candied fruits. Some people believe eating kumquat would aid nasal congestion and relieve coughing. Depending on the size, a full-grown kumquat could yield hundreds of fruits per year. The one in my garden produces about 80 to 100 fruits a year. 

About the site