SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA and Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Needs good drainage. Lemon is one of the least hardy of the citrus. 'Eureka' and 'Lisbon' are common varieties. 'Lisbon' best inland. Citrus grafted to sour orange root stock is resistant to Texas Root Rot. Produces fruit all year along the coast.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Asia.
Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 5 - 25 feet.
Width: 5 - 10 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Glossy Light to Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Yellow Hesperidium, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Edible and Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Brown, Scaly or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 12 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Mealy Bugs, Scales, Spider Mites, Thrip and White Fly, Brown Rot, Chlorosis, Crown Rot, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Virus.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Bees and Squirrels.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Espalier or Hedged.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Citrus limon Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/citrus-limon >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI