Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree

Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree

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SKU 36490
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Key Characteristics

8 - 11

Mature Height

12 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree

An improved Meyer lemon, Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree is a semi-dwarf cultivar that is valued not only for fruit production but also for ornamental purposes and can fit beautifully into an edible landscape. The tree blooms prolifically in clusters of showy, highly fragrant, waxy white blossoms with yellow anthers. Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree produces an abundant crop of large, rounded fruit with thin skin nearly year-round in warm climates. The fruit is juicier, less acidic, and sweeter than common lemons. The fruit should be allowed to fully ripen upon the tree, becoming golden-hued and soft to the touch.

In the garden, Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree can grow to between 8 and 12 feet tall at full maturity (about 4 years). But the plant can be pruned to maintain any desired size and shape. In cooler climates, the tree can be grown in a container and moved indoors during winter, if ample sunlight is provided. Container growth is likely to be smaller and vary with pot size, which should be at least 5 gallons and about 12 to 15 inches deep. Although a container grown tree will not reach its full growth potential, it will still flower and set full-sized fruits.

A popular variety, Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree, a broadleaf evergreen, has a compact, shrub-like habit of handsome, shiny, aromatic foliage and a moderate growth rate. It makes an excellent accent or specimen and can be trained as an espalier. But it is also a great houseplant.

Citrus 'Meyer' Lemon Tree requires at least 8 hours of full sun a day and grows best in well-draining, sandy soil that has a neutral to slightly acidic pH. It has the best winter hardiness of any of the lemon trees and will briefly tolerate temperatures around 32°F, but the plant should be protected when temperatures fall below 32°F. It grows best in climates with daytime temperatures in the low 70°F range and nighttime temperatures in the high 50°F range. If container grown, the plant should be brought inside at the first sign of frost and placed in a location with plenty of bright sunshine. It should not be kept too warm, however, because cooler winter temperatures encourage flowering. The tree is self-pollinating and will bear fruit without any pollen from other varieties.

Citrus trees will ship at the appropriate planting time based on your growing zone. Citrus trees do not ship in December or January. Plant height is 18-36" when shipped.

Product Details

Item Form Tree Sleeve
Genus Citrus
Species x meyeri
Variety 'Meyer'
Product Classification Fruit, Trees, Trees and Shrubs
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 8
USDA Zone High 11
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Color White
Max Bloom Size 1.00
Bloom Season Start Mid Winter
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Heat Tolerant
Special Features Bloom First Year, Edible, Fragrance
Uses Containers, Cuisine, Ornamental, Specimen
Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
State Shipping Restrictions AK, AL, AZ, FL, GU, HI, PR, TX, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions expressShipping

Customer Reviews

Great option for condo owners
Review by Barbara
This is my 4th Meyer lemon from Wayside Gardens. When we moved to a condo, I gave the large ones to my family. My new one arrived sturdily packed with flowers. I now have 2 baby lemons on my baby tree. These lemon trees are the best, as they are hardy and can produce more than a dozen lemons when mature.
Love my tree!!????
Review by I love watching things grow.
I like having unique plants and living in Wisconsin, who has a lemon tree. I tried growing them from seed several years ago, but gave up on them because it was taking so long to grow them. My new lemon tree came in a long skinny box and my tree was just under 3 feet tall when it arrived. It was packed well and even though it took a week to travel here, it was in great shape. So far, so good.

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