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Ask the Expert:what is this plant
Store labeled it a marginata braid which seems to be wrong. Preston
I believe what you have is a Fortunella marginata or commonly known as a kumquat.Â This attractive shrub will have slightly fragrant blossoms which will become a small orange fruit.Â It will need full sun during the summer and if possible kept outside.Â During the winter it will need bright light but must be kept inside except in zones 11-12.Â Water it sparingly in the winter.
Other possible options are plants in the Citrus genus: Citrus aurantiifolia (lime), Citrus limon (lemon), Citrus reticulata (tangerine).Â But the leaves are little more glossy in these plants.
Since the tag mentions marginata, I lean toward kumquat as the identity. The fruit will be the distinguishing factor.Â Fortunately, the care is basically the same for all of these plants.