Lemon Tree

6 Jun

Lemon Tree, evergreen shrub or tree 4-15 ft. in height depending on variety, slow thorny growth habit, fragrant flowers bloom throughout the year, produces edible fruit, fruit ripens throughout the year, requires little water once established, best when grown in sunny location.

As landscaping plants, Lemons offer year-round attractive form and glossy deep green foliage; these trees also bear fragrant flowers and fruit that is both decorative and delicious.

Citrus flowers attract bees.

Low heat requirement makes lemons widely adapted and especially appreciated in regions where sweet oranges and grapefruit won’t ripen.

‘Dwarf Lisbon’

Plants sold under this name are simply ‘Lisbon’ lemons on a dwarf rootstock, so they top out at under 12 ft. high and wide. Fruit practically identical to ‘Eureka’, but the tree is denser. Ripens mostly in fall but has some ripe fruit all year. More resistant to cold than ‘Eureka’ and better adapted to high heat; best lemon for Arizona. There is also a seedless form.

'Eureka' lemon

‘Eureka’

This is the standard lemon of markets. Bears all year. To 20 ft. tall, with somewhat open growth; branches have few thorns. As a dwarf, it is a dense tree with large, dark leaves. New growth on both standard-size and dwarf plants is bronzy purple. Should be pruned every year or two to keep the trees within bounds and the fruit easily reachable. Can be shaped as a small tree.

‘Lisbon’

Vigorous, upright, thorny tree to 20–25 ft. tall; also available on dwarf rootstock (‘Dwarf Lisbon’). Denser than ‘Eureka’, but fruit practically identical. Can be trimmed up into highly decorative small tree. Ripens mostly in fall but has some ripe fruit all year. More resistant to cold than ‘Eureka’ and better adapted to high heat; best lemon for Arizona. There is also a seedless form.

‘Meyer’

This popular eating lemon grows well in the Bay Area. Fruit is thin skinned and tangy sweet, ripens year round. Plant is 4 to 12 ft. in height. Can be grown in containers or in the ground. More productive in a sunny location.

 

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