The Centennial Variegated kumquat is a genetic mutation. Growers found a variegated mutation on a branch of a Nagami hybrid in 1986, and a new variety was born. This is a beautiful tree, and usually grown as an ornamental. The fruit is good, but seedy. These kumquats are bigger than other varieties, which could be an advantage if you plan to make jam or marmalade. Just remember that this kumquat has more seeds than most—but those seeds contain pectin, which is part of making marmalade.
- Larger than average fruit
- Fruit round to oval with a thin, sweet rind
- Almost as sweet as the Meiwa
- Fruit rind is orange with hints of pink and yellow when ripe
- Variegated foliage in gray-green, light yellow, and green
- Flowers in late spring
- Fruit ripens in mid-winter; will hang on tree for months
- Good for container growing
- Mature height: 4 to 6 feet
- Cold-hardy to 27 degrees F
- Grows outside best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8 to 11
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