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What Are Dwarf Citrus Trees? This Is What You Need to Know

Dwarf Citrus Trees

As a gardener, how much do you know about dwarf citrus trees? These smaller citrus trees provide tasty fruit just like regular citrus trees. Keep on reading to learn more!

Did you know that the average citrus tree will live as long as 50 years?

While it varies between type, a citrus tree can yield a significant amount of fruit in that lifetime. A full grown lemon tree, for example, can bear about 100 pounds of fruit per year once it reaches maturity. But what about a dwarf citrus tree?

Whether you're a lover of citrus fruits, a lover of gardening, or both, dwarf citrus trees are easy to manage and add color and fragrance to your home or garden. If you're looking for your next gardening project, look no further than these fruit-bearing bushes.

Learn more about what they are and how you care for them here.

What Is a Dwarf Citrus Tree?

A dwarf citrus tree, like any dwarf tree, is a regular tree that's been trained to grow smaller than it naturally would. It's grafted onto smaller plant rootstock so that it grows to a fraction of the size of a full-sized, regular tree.

The result of this process is a tree that produces the same citrus fruit as a full-sized tree but is far more accessible. It can be accommodated by even the smallest parcels of land. Typically, a dwarf citrus tree doesn't grow any larger than 8-10 feet in height.

The most common types of citrus trees are orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, tangelo, and kumquat. But you can find dwarf citrus trees in almost any types and variety.

Types of Dwarf Trees

When looking for dwarf trees, you'll notice that they're called by 3 different names:

  1. Genetic dwarf trees are also called miniature trees. They're available in almond, apricot, cherry, peach, nectarine, and apple.
  2. Dwarf interstem trees can be found in apple and pear.
  3. Dwarf trees are the only variety of grafted tree that includes citrus options as well as apple, cherry, fig, nectarine, olive, pear, plum, peach, and apricot.

If you're looking for a dwarf citrus tree, you'll have to look specifically for the third variety of grafted tree. Unlike the first two varieties, dwarf trees won't tolerate weed competition and will require staking.

Benefits of Dwarf Citrus Trees

Dwarf citrus trees offer aesthetic and tangible benefits, including:

  • Beautiful and fragrant flowers
  • Evergreen foliage
  • A manageable gardening project for small spaces or people with limited time
  • Full-size fruit that's accessible and easy to harvest from the ground
  • A well-behaved root system
  • Easy pest control
  • More fruit than a full sized tree

Not only will your dwarf citrus tree give you just as much fruit if not more than your standard citrus tree, but it will also start producing that fruit at least 1-3 years earlier than a regular tree.

Caring for a Dwarf Citrus Tree

The most important consideration for taking care of your tree is drainage. The roots of a dwarf tree can't function properly if they're waterlogged or standing in water for too long. They require a constant supply of moisture that's able to drain without obstruction.

In order to flower, your tree will require lots of warmth and sunshine. You'll also want to plant it in a planting mix that's made specifically for citrus or fruit trees.

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Dwarf citrus trees are an excellent option when you don't have room for a full-size tree. They often produce more fruit than a standard tree and are easier to access. And with almost variety of fruit plant available, you can have your choice of fruits almost all-year long.

For more information on properly caring for your citrus trees, dwarfs or not, check out more on our blog.

5 Common Types of Citrus Trees You Need to Grow

Types of Citrus Trees to Grow

Do you want to know the different types of citrus trees you can grow in your home? Keep on reading this post and you'll understand the trees you need.

Need a little environmental pick me up? Tired of looking out your window into an empty and boring yard? If so, then you need to plant a citrus tree!

But before you head out the door to make a purchase, you need to know the types of citrus trees best for growing at home. Citrus trees offer beauty, pleasant aromas, and healthy snacks. Continue reading to get in the know!

1. Blood Orange

When discussing types of citrus trees, we have to start off with an orange!

The blood orange tree produces unique oranges that have a deep red tint to them on the inside. This tree is considered a small or medium tree. They normally don't grow more than 25ft. 

And it grows with a visually pleasing rounded top after blooming in the spring. The tree itself cast off beautiful aromas. These aromas attract birds and butterflies. 

Once the oranges do bloom, the branches on the tree tend to lean closer to the ground. This makes for optimal orange picking!

2. Improved Meyer Lemon

This new version of the Meyer lemon tree is virus free. The original Meyer lemons were prone to carrying citrus viruses. But the improved Meyer lemon is back and better!

This citrus tree is a hybrid. It's a mix between citrus and meyeri. This version of lemon is less acidic and a bit sweeter. 

Its skin is a deep yellow color. And because it's so thin, it's edible! It has a strong floral scent that'll freshen up any back or front yard. 

It reaches about 10ft and can be grown inside as well!

3. Mexican Lime

Also known as the key lime or bartender's lime, the Mexican lime tree is full of foliage. And they resemble shrubs. The blossoms on the tree are a pretty shade of white and very fragrant. 

Take its leaves and crush them to bask in the fine aromas. These limes are ready to eat during autumn or winter. And with the limes' attractive green skin, this tree is sure to bring vibrancy to any home. 

4. Oroblanco Grapefruit

Another hybrid takes the stage! The oroblanco grapefruit is a cross between a diploid acidless pomelo and a tetraploid grapefruit. This combination creates a seedless and less bitter grapefruit. 

The skin is thicker than a normal grapefruit and is a pale yellow color. This citrus is high in Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. And they're ready to be picked in the spring!

5. Fremont Tangerine 

A mix between a clementine and a Ponkan mandarin, the Fremont tangerine is the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. These trees are quite thin and grow straight up.

They're incredibly easy to peel. And are great for juicing! How would you like a fresh cup of juice every morning?

And once the tangerines grow ripe, they'll last on the tree for another 3 months!

Types Of Citrus Trees

So when debating on what kind of tree to plant at your home, remember these types of citrus trees! No matter which one you choose, you're sure to have a visibly pleasing and aroma filled tree. 

Need to know which citrus trees are best for growing indoors during the winter? Check out the post in our blog to find out more!