Nippon Orangequat Tree – Citrus Unshi x Fortunella crassifolia ‘Nippon’
The Nippon orangequat is actually a cross between a Satsuma Mandarin tangerine and a Meiwa kumquat. How two sweet parents came up with such a sour offspring is beyond us! The Nippon can be eaten whole (like a kumquat) as it has a thick, sweet skin but WOW the flesh is sour! The medium sized fruit is juicy making the Nippon a great lemon substitute in drinks, pies, and marmalades. Mature trees are extremely cold hardy (15F) and small, making them an ideal container or hedge plant. Skin and flesh are orange when ripe. Ripens November to April. Self fertile. Zones 8A-10.