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Citrus limon


A sure sign of a warm climate, the lemon tree produces hundreds of sparkling yellow fruits. You'll always know when the trees are blooming thanks to the intense fragrance of the flowers; a single tree in bloom can perfume an entire landscape. Lemons grow best in western states where there is less humidity and the growing season is long and warm. Plan to prune the trees regularly to maintain a small size for easy harvest.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
10-20 feet tall
Plant Width:
5-15 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Top Varieties

Citrus limon 'Eureka' produces nearly seedless fruits on small trees that have few thorns. This popular commercial variety is not suited to Florida, but it does very well in California. Zones 8-10
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Citrus limon 'Meyer' produces small fruits with thin, soft skin. Less acidic than other lemons, 'Meyer' fruits have a complex flavor with a hint of sweetness. Zones 8-10
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Citrus limon 'Lisbon' is a seedless cultivar that produces bright yellow fruits with intense fragrance and smooth skin. The fruits are very similar to 'Eureka' lemons, but the tree is larger and more thorny. Zones 8-10
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Citrus limon 'Ponderosa' produces large, seedy fruits on a small, thorny tree. The skin is thick and bumpy. Zones 8-10
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Citrus limon 'Variegated Pink Eureka' bears pink-flesh fruits on a lovely, ornamental tree. The small evergreen tree has green-and-white variegated leaves. The fruit skin is also variegated. Zones 8-10
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Harvest Tips
Lemons are ready to pick 5-9 months after flowering. Store harvested fruits in cool, but not cold, temperatures and very high humidity, or cure for long-term storage.