|CITRUS / FORTUNELLA HYBRID - Limequat, Orangequat and Citrangequat |
These three ornamental hybrids are a result of a breeding program sponsored by the USDA, to breed the cold hardiness of the kumquat into the other plants. The limequat is a key lime crossed with a kumquat; a good lime substitute and more cold hardy than its lime parent. The orangequat is a cross between the Meiwa kumquat and the Satsuma mandarin and produces a tasty kumquat-like fruit. The citrangequat is the result of a cross of kumquat and citrange (orange x trifoliate orange) and the fruit is very sour. All of the hybrids are prolific fruit producers, small trees good for containers and propagated by budding.