Container Grown Citrus Trees > Lemon
Scientific Name: Citrus Limon
The United States is among the top five lemon growers in the world, primarily grown in California and Arizona, with only a small amount grown in south Florida. There are numerous lemon selections that vary in tree vigor, thorniness, and fruit quality. There are two ways to classify lemons, one based on species and the other on types of true lemons. There are also several species and hybrids of fruit typically called lemon. Lemon trees in the home landscape should be planted in full sun, 15 to 25 feet or more (6.1 to 7.6 m) away from buildings and other trees. Trees planted too close to other trees or structures may not grow normally or produce much fruit due to shading.
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True lemons, prized by home gardeners for their juicy, flavorful fruit. 10-20 feet tall, with a spreading and open growth habit; almost thornless with sparse foliage. One of the least cold-hardy varieties, they require extra TLC when temperatures drop.
Scientific Name: Citrus meyeri
Not a true lemon! Its fruit is used as a lemon substitute as it is less acid than true lemons. Moderately seedy and resembles a large orange in shape, peel color and pulp color. The tree is spreading and relatively small and more cold tolerant than true lemons.
Scientific Name: Citrus pyriformis
Not a true lemon! Small to medium sized tree, averaging 10-25 ft.; somewhat less cold-hardy than other lemon varieties; historically a common lemon grown indoors in temperate climates. Produces highly acidic grapefruit sized lemons abundantly year-round.
Sambo Sweet Lemon
Scientific Name: Citrus sulcata
Also known as Sanbokan Lemons.
Cross btw Mandarin Orange & Lemon.
Pear-shaped with a knobby skin. The flesh is sweet and the trees grow in an upright shape, but not as much as a Eureka Lemon tree. It produces a lot of smaller thorns and is cold hardy. Grows nicely in containers.
Variegated Pink Lemon
Also Variegated Eureka Lemon
Pink lemonade! This tree's white blooms and fragrance is a wonderful addition to the garden. It grows 12 to 15 feet tall and grows nicely in containers, away from wind and frost. Green and yellow leaves and pink flesh with acidic lemon flavor.
Needs full sun, not cold-hardy.