Pie looks tasty. Key lime pie may be my favorite dessert, along with apple pie.
I’ve never heard of Citrangequats, what is it? I gather a kumquat and citrus hybrid, but what kind of citrus? Where do you live to be able to grow such a tree? Yer profile says 7b, so it’s obviously possible to grow a citrus tree there.
They look great and zone 7 hardy! Citrus has came a long way. Here in zone 6 we can grow trifoliate oranges and I have been successfully experimenting with them for 3 years. Here are a couple of zone 6 hardy citrus trees Citrus - Edible Landscaping. Maybe we can make a great looking pie like yours out of them if we get them to take off! What’s your recipe? Citrange are said to survive to 0 degrees Mckenzie-Farms. Our zone was upgraded from 5b to 6a. Anyone interested in cold hardy oranges can see this old post Oranges in Zone 5
There are a host of kumquat hybrids running around.
The kumquat tends to stay dormant for quite a while before it gets going. So if you have a citrus that tends to get blasted in the spring because it comes awake too early, you usually try to cross it with a kumquat and see if that helps.
Mandarin + Kumquat = Calamondin/ Calamansi, also Orangequat
Yuzu + Kumquat = Yuzuquat (I also have this one)
Citrange + Kumquat = Citrangequat
Key Lime + Kumquat = Limequat
I hear people say that it’s bitter, but I never taste that, just sourness. Bitter to me is like a Kaffir lime.
It’s actually the best tasting of the cold hardy citrus (or as some would say, the worst tasting of the edible citrus).
When you live in 7b, you can’t be a chooser though, if you want edible, in ground citrus…
Here is what McKenzie Farms Nursery says about them "Citrange: We offer several species of citrange. Citrange is a hybrid between sweet oranges and trifoliate orange… These are very cold hardy and will grow and produce fruit where other citrus trees fail. Hardy to 0 F. We offer Benton, Rusk and Morton citranges as well as Citrandarins… a mandarinXtrifoliate hybrid.
Price is 20 dollars per 1 gallon tree"
This farm has 38 reviews and 38 are positive if you search them on google and look at their daves garden review. The search term I used was “whats the scoop on mckenzie farms”
Good for you with the healthy Thomasville, one of the underappreciated citrus with worthwhile uses. If you are a grafter, maybe you could consider putting a couple Satsuma or Page mandarin scions on higher-up T.C. branches, where the T.C.‘s good cold tolerance would be able to help protect the less-cold hardy grafted scions. The Miho Satsuma, Brown Select Satsuma, Page mandarin, and Hamlin orange grafts that were done here on 2 old T. C. trees at 7’ + height have done well even when exposed to temps below 20 degrees, the lowest being one 14 degree event that came when the grafts were less than a year old. One regret about ripe T.C. fruit is that they will not hold onto the juice inside if the yellow/orange fruit hang on the branches for a long time. Maybe you might want to consider planting some of the seeds to make more plants for rootstock purposes, or just to make more pies.
Manfromyard, your citrangequat seems to do fine in an open area without protection. I thought citrangequat needs to be in a wind hidden area to avoid north freezing wind. Is it still alive up to this date?
It is fine and still alive. It actually took some damage last winter because it was so warm. It’s a new danger now. Previously, we would be concerned that the temperatures would drop below what the dormant plant could handle. Now it doesn’t even get cold enough to reach dormancy, so even relatively high winter temperatures cause damage since the plant is still growing.
No fruit this past year, but should have some this year.