Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Cumquat

July 2014 is a plant of the month:

The cumquat is native to south Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The earliest historical reference to them appears in literature of China in the 12th century. They have long been cultivated in these regions and were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, collector for the London Horticultural
Society and shortly thereafter into North America.

They are slow growing, evergreen shrubs from 2.5 to 4.5metres tall, with dense branches, sometimes bearing small thorns. The leaves are dark glossy green and the flowers are white, similar to other citrus flowers. Depending on size, the cumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year. For small gardens or courtyards, Cumquats make very good
container plants, with their handsome, compact habit easily maintained by clipping back.

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