Australian Cumquat Fruit

Australian Cumquat fruit

Standard Australian Cumquat

Standard Australian Cumquat

Australian Cumquat Hedge

Australian Cumquat Hedge




   In the early nineties, Engall’s and another leading citrus nursery, re-named the Calamondin, the Australian Cumquat, as most Australians, when referring to a cumquat meant this variety. It is by far the most popular grown cumquat in Australia. It is a fantastic, bushy, dense foliaged tree, making it ideal as a pot specimen, or standardised into a topiary ball or even used as a hedge. The fruit when ripe, mid winter, are a bright orange colour, making a fabulous display against the green foliage. For a cumquat, the fruit can be quite large, up to golf ball in size. Although the fruit can be eaten straight very acidic and sour. The fruit is mainly used in jams and marmalades or preserved in Alcohol to make tasty brandies and liqueurs. (See recipes). Fruit is also used for its ornamental value in floristry.from the tree, this is certainly an acquired taste, as they are

VARIEGATED CUMQUAT (Calamondin ‘variegata’)

   The variegated cumquat is a sport of the calamondin that has the unusual variegation on both the leaves and the fruit. Variegated plants come in out of fashion, and the popularity of the variegated cumquat is just as varied. Some people love it, while others hate it.  

NAGAMI CUMQUAT (Fortunella margarita ‘Nagami’)

   Often referred to as the oblong, or tear drop cumquat, due to the shape of the fruit. The unusual feature of the Nagami cumquat is in the eating of the fruit. The fruit is eaten whole, skin and all. The inside is still quite sour, but the skin has the sweeter flavour, when eaten together it produces an unusual refreshing flavour. Often, people will bite the end off and squeeze out the excess juice, removing more off the sour flavour and leaving the sweeter flavour of the skin. The fruit can be a highly sought after delicacy, often fetching up to $30 per kilo in fruit shops. Fruit ripens mid to late winter and always crops very heavily, making a spectacular display against the dark green foliage. The tree is smaller growing and dwarf in nature, making it ideal for pots and has even been used in bonsai.  

MEIWA CUMQUAT (Fortunella crassifolia)


Engall's Expert Tips

Engall's expert tip To keep your Cumquats nice and bushy prune them seasonally directly after fruiting in late winter.



 Engall's Nursery has been grafting citrus for over 65 years. By grafting citrus onto a rootstock, it produces a superior tree that is disease resistant and will grow in a broad range of soil types and climatic conditions. Grafted citrus produce the highest quality fruit from a young age. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations, always plant a grafted citrus. 
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