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Grow a Lemon Tree


You will be tempted by more than just the fruit of this citrus tree; the scent of its prolific flowers is amazing!

The Meyer lemon (Citrus x meyeri) has rounder fruit and fewer seeds than most lemons, with a smooth, thin skin that turns deep canary yellow when ripe. Sweeter and less acidic than other lemons, the Meyer is a hybrid between a lemon and a sweet orange or mandarin, so it’s more versatile in the kitchen. You can use it in desserts, drinks, and salads, or roast slices with fish, chicken, or vegetables.

Meyers love sunshine, warmth, and well-drained, slightly acid soil. They are more cold tolerant than true lemons. In the Coastal and Tropical South, use them as specimens or large hedges in ornamental and edible gardens. They grow 6 to 12 feet wide and tall and respond well to pruning. In the Upper, Middle, and Lower South, grow them in containers and bring them inside during cold weather.

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