A Meyer lemon tree in the kitchen, a Kaffir lime tree on the terrace, a Chinotto sour orange tree on either side of the front door. If ever a plant evolved for living out its life in a pot, surely it's a citrus tree. Of the hundreds of citrus tree cultivars, we bring you the most useful, the most beautiful and the easiest to grow.
The photo at left hints at what citrus trees can do for your garden, although the Amalfi coast has a distinct advantage over the typical suburban spread.
Dwarf citrus trees grown in the ground in Zones 9-10 can reach 8' x 8'. Citrus trees grown on their own roots are generally larger. Citrus grown in pots, whether grafted or own root, will be smaller, depending on pot size. Protect from frosts. Full sun and good drainage required for optimum results.
All the citrus trees can be grown indoors, but they appreciate spending the summer months outside. Meyer lemon, Kaffir lime, Bearss lime, Calamondin, Kumquat and Trovita orange trees are some of the easier citrus trees to grow indoors year-round, although they'll need an appropriate spot that gives them full sun and protection from heating and cooling vents. Citrus trees indoors also require ample humidity.
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|Yuzu Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus ichangensis x Citrus reticulata. Yuzu trees, upright up to about 10', are the only citrus trees that can survive temperatures down to about 20 degrees. A necessary ingredient in many Asian dishes, the Yuzu fruit won't win any beauty contests, but its flavor and fragrance have no peer. Yuzu juice is used to make ponzu, the deeply fragrant rind is grated onto many dishes, and the fruit is plopped into a hot bath during the winter solstice. Fruit ripens during the fall/winter and watch out for vicious thorns while harvesting. As of June 2017, trees are about 2' above pot, 1/2" caliper trunk, smaller than photo, flowering, new growth beginning. Grown in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced box. OUT OF STOCK.
|Key Lime Tree 3 Gal|
Citrus aurantifolia. Also known as the Mexican lime, this small round lime packs a wallop of fragrance and flavor within its thin skin. Famous for its contribution to key lime pies as well as margaritas, daiquiris and mojitos, the Mexican lime also has the most pungent leaves of any citrus. Rub a leaf on your pillowcase and be immersed in a cloud of tropical fragrance at bedtime. Ripens generally October to December and falls from the tree when ready to harvest. Tree is bushy and grows to about 6' in a pot, more in the ground. Will not tolerate freezing temperatures. As of October 2017, trees are in prime condition, 2.5' tall, no fruit or flowers. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers. OUT OF STOCK.
|Key Lime Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus aurantifolia. The older version of the Key lime above, this photo was taken in March 2017. Trees are about 2' tall, 1/2" caliper trunk as of October 2017, not full. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. OUT OF STOCK.
|Kara Mandarin Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus reticulata x. The Kara mandarin is a cross between the Owari Satsuma mandarin and the King tangerine. It's a little more frost-sensitive than the Owari, but the plant is more vigorous and upright, and the fruit is larger. Blooms in spring and fruit ripens the following spring. Needs a little more heat than the Owari satsuma. Rich flavor to this easy to peel mandarin orange. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Trees are small, about 2' tall as of May 2017. Shipped in braced 3' x 1' x 1' boxes. OUT OF STOCK.
|Improved Meyer Lemon Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus x meyerii. Meyer lemons can't be beat for lemon curd or pastry specialties. Our Meyer lemon trees as of April 2017 have a main trunk that's about 1/2" caliper and stands about 2.5' above the container, smaller than photo. Grown in 5 gal containers on dwarfing rootstock. Shipped in braced 3' x 1' x 1' containers. OUT OF STOCK.
|Italian Lemon Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus limon 'Genoa.' Italians take their lemons seriously. This Italian lemon cultivar was brought to California from Genoa, Italy over a hundred years ago. A little-known yet cherished lemon for most of that time, gardeners around the U.S. are finally able to grow 'Genoa' and experience its merits for themselves. The fruits ripen throughout the year on vigorous shrubs that are less thorny than 'Villa Franca'. Peel, high in lemon oil, is the base for the most divine limoncello you'll ever sip. Juice is perfect for drinks and marinades. Spreading, lush growth to 8' x 6.' More frost sensitive than Meyer lemon. Benefits from spending summer outdoors. New crop of trees as of September 2016, 2' tall, flower buds forming. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced boxes. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Italian Lemon 3 Gal|
Citrus limon 'Genoa.' A younger version of the above but sharing the same attributes. As of October 2017 these trees are about 3' tall, a few flowers and small fruit forming. Larger than photo, very well-developed. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers.
|Eureka Lemon Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus limon. Similar to the Lisbon lemon above, Eureka has fewer thorns. It tends to bear more fruit throughout the year on bushes that are vigorous yet easy to train and bear fewer thorns than many citrus varieties. A classic high-acid, flavorful lemon. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal pots, trees are bushy, about 3' tall, flowering. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Eureka Lemon Tree 3 gal|
Citrus limon. Our smaller Eureka lemons are well-branched and about 3' tall, larger than photo, no fruit or flowers as of September 2017. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers.
|Owari Satsuma Mandarin Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus reticulata subsp. unshiu. The Owari satsuma is more cold-hardy than other citrus, with established trees surviving temperatures of 15 degrees. Owari satsumas are also slower growing than other mandarins. The low, spreading growth habit of this citrus tree is charming, with slightly drooping leaves. And there's nothing more exciting in the gardening world than picking your very own mandarin orange, peeling the loose skin and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Fruit ripens in late fall through early winter. Trees are small as of August 2016, about 2' tall and 3/8" caliper trunk, no fruit or flowers. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced containers. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Gold Nugget Mandarin Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus reticulata. Gold Nugget mandarin bears after Owari satsuma, extending the tangerine season through June. And it extends the season with a bang. Gold Nugget is marvelously flavorful and sweet, usually seedless, and easy to peel. Tree is more upright and vigorous than Owari, but shares the same cold hardiness, down to about 25 degrees F. Most recent introduction by UC Riverside in many years. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Trees as of May 2017 are small, about 2' tall, new growth forming. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced containers. OUT OF STOCK.
|Fukushu Kumquat Tree 5 Gal|
Fortunella obovata. Oh my. The Fukushu kumquat, also known as Changshou, is our new favorite citrus fruit by far. The round 2" fruit packs a punch without puckering the mouth and the intense citrus flavor from one Fukushu kumquat will carry you through the day. It's perfect for eating on its own, slicing into fish or poultry dishes, and sprinkling over salads. We will choose the Fukushu kumquat over chocolate truffles any day. The tree is highly ornamental to boot, with its unique rounded leaves and spreading, thornless form. Flowers in summer and fruits in winter. As of May 2017 the trees are small, about 2' tall, a few fruit. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced boxes. OUT OF STOCK.
|'Nagami' Kumquat Tree 5 Gal|
Fortunella margarita 'Nagami.' Of all the citrus trees, the kumquat may be the most decorative and suitable for pot culture. It's also fairly cold-hardy relative to other citrus, since it is semi-dormant in winter. Kumquats flower in the summer, and you need only a few to appreciate the fragrance. Its oval leaves are dark green and the olive-shaped fruit that appear in winter and ripen throughout the spring are a bright orange when ready to eat. In fact, the name kumquat is derived from the Cantonese word for golden orange. Fruit lasts a long time on the tree, usually until June. Kumquats are eaten whole, since the peel is the sweetest part of the fruit. The contrast between the sweet peel and the sour pulp is a mouth-watering experience. Thin slices of kumquat make any salad special. Or fruit punch, or iced tea, or grilled fish, or...you get the idea. Feed with a citrus food that contains zinc, because this cultivar can become deficient in that nutrient. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. As of August 2017 trees are about 3' tall, no fruit or flowers. Shipped in 4' x 1'x 1' braced boxes. OUT OF STOCK.
|'Meiwa' Kumquat 5 Gal|
Fortunella crassifolia 'Meiwa.' These kumquat trees are the devil to propagate, but well worth the trouble, with their thick sweet skin and counterpunch acidity to the pulp. Trees as of September 2017 are smaller than photo, well-branched, 2' tall and 1/2" caliper trunk, many flowers forming. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3'x 1'x 1' braced boxes.
|Kaffir Lime Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus hystrix. If you don't want to wait for the younger trees to grow, then here's your chance to have a year's supply of kaffir lime leaves fresh off the tree. Smaller than photo as of May 2017, not as bushy, about 2.5' tall. Grown in 5 gal pots on dwarfing rootstock and shipped in braced 3' x 1' x 1' containers. OUT OF STOCK.
|Kaffir Lime 3 gal|
Citrus hystrix. These 3 gal specimens of Kaffir lime are larger than photo as of October 2017, about 2.5' tall, very bushy, flowering and/or fruiting. Prime condition. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers.
|Bearss Seedless Lime Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus latifolia. Bearss seedless lime tree originated in the Porterville, California citrus tree grove of T.J. Bearss in 1895. The classic lime for cooking and bartending, Bearss limes ripen even in cooler coastal areas. This citrus tree is a fast grower with fruit ripening in the fall. Its leaves are especially good for coating with melted chocolate (use the underside of the leaf). After the chocolate sets, pull off the leaf to reveal a chocolate twin with a tantalizing hint of citrus. Perfect for decorating cakes and lemon curds. One of the easier citrus trees to grow in pots outdoors if you're willing to bring the pot indoors when temperatures drop below freezing. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. As of May 2017, trees are smaller than photo, no flowers or fruit. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced containers. OUT OF STOCK.
|Bearss Seedless Lime Tree 3 gal|
Citrus latifolia. Fully developed Bearss lime trees as of October 2017, grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers, about 2.5' tall, fruiting and flowering. Larger than photo.
|Variegated Calamondin 5 Gal|
Citrus x Citrofortunella mitis 'Variegata'. The most subtle of variegations are found on this charming citrus, with leaves as well as branches and fruit displaying soft striations of creamy yellow. Like all variegated plants, growth is slow but oh so worth the wait. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers, plants as of June 2017 are 2' above soil line, bushy and full, flowering and 1/2" caliper trunk, slightly larger than photo. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced boxes.
|Cara Cara Navel Orange Tree 3 Gal|
Citrus sinensis 'Cara Cara'. A beauty in every respect, this ruby-fleshed citrus tastes like a blood orange crossed with a pluot. Fruit ripens by Thanksgiving in California and produces throughout the winter. As of October 2017 trees are in prime condition, about 2.5' tall, full, flowering/fruiting. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers.
|Moro Blood Orange Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus sinensis. For Moro blood orange fruit to ripen properly, plant it in front of a stone wall. The retained heat will help ripening in early spring. Moro blood orange trees must be planted in a lot of sun to develop the sugars that make their fruit so appealing in salads and so rich in color. The tart juice has a fresh raspberry flavor. An amazing public garden south of San Francisco, Filoli, grew this citrus tree to perfection on a decomposed granite terrace. The space was a long rectangle, with weeping Camperdown elms at each end. Five blood orange trees were grown in terra cotta pots around each weeping elm, forming a double pentangle. Sublime. As of April 2017, the Moros are fully branched and bushy, about 2' tall, 1/2" caliper trunk, smaller than photo. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced containers.
|Trovita Sweet Orange Tree 5 Gal|
Citrus sinensis. A chance seedling of the Washington navel orange, the Trovita orange is juicier and sweeter than its parent. It lacks the juvenile segment that produces a navel. Fruit is smaller than parent and may have a few seeds. The Trovita ripens in spring. Since it also blooms in spring, you may have blooms and fruit at the same time. This is the only orange that is suitable for indoor culture or for coastal areas, since it will develop a sweet flavor without a lot of heat. As of May 2017, trees are much smaller than photo, 2' tall. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 5 gal containers. Shipped in 3' x 1' x 1' braced boxes. ONE PER CUSTOMER.
|Trovita Sweet Orange Tree 3 Gal|
Citrus sinensis. As of October 2017, these Trovita trees are about 2.5' tall, fruiting and/or flowering, very well-developed. Grown on dwarfing rootstock in 3 gal containers. ONE PER CUSTOMER.