Did you know there are different types of lemon tree? Here is a handy guide to the different types and how they differ, including flavors, growth and more.
Do you enjoy knowing where your food comes from?
Many of us in the U.S. grow vegetables just for that reason.
So why not grow your own lemon trees, too?
They are easy to take care of and you'll be able to pick them at their peak, so they will taste better than any lemon you will find at the grocery store! There are many types of lemon tree. One of these types of lemons is sure to be your perfect match.
Is a Lemon a Fruit?
A lemon is technically a fruit because it has seeds. Lemons are part of the citrus family of fruits. They have a peel on the outside with juice and pulp on the inside.
How to Pick a Lemon Tree
When deciding on how to pick a lemon tree, you need to consider where you prefer to grow the tree? Inside or outside?
If outside, how cold does it get in your area? If it gets colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you will want to look for a tree that can be grown (or moved) indoors. If you are in the zones 9-11 in the U.S., lemons will be hardy outside for you year-round.
Lemons trees grow to different sizes when full-height, with some being over 20 feet tall by 20 feet wide. Many also come in dwarf sizes which may be more appropriate when choosing an indoor/patio tree since most grow to only 10 feet tall and they can be grown in containers.
Types of Lemon Tree
Amber (Eureka) Lemon
Eureka lemon trees are a low acid variety. Their fruit is one of the common lemons found in most grocery stores in the U.S.
They produce lemons that have hints of orange and lime, making them a good option for both lemonade and cocktails. They also have a nice peel for zesting.
Eureka Lemon tree grows well in hardiness zones 10-11. They come in both standard and dwarf sizes. They produce fruit year-round.
Meyer lemon trees are a sweet lemon tree variety. This is because they are a hybrid created by crossing a lemon with a sweet orange or mandarin.
Meyer lemons produce larger, round, slightly sweeter fruit than the Eureka or Lisbon lemons and they have lots of seeds. They are great for making lemonade, lemon-flavored desserts, and cocktails.
Meyer lemons have a thin peel, making them not the best choice for zesting.
Because Meyer lemons trees are a more cold-resistant variety and can tolerate as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, they can be grown both inside and out. They are also available in a dwarf variety.
Lisbon lemon trees produce fruit similar in taste to the Eureka, but they contain more juice. Thus, their uses are similar, too.
Their fruit is also common in most U.S. grocery stores.
Lisbon lemon tree grows well in hardiness zones 9 and 10.
Lisbon trees can grow to as high as 30 feet tall by 25 feet wide.
Pink Variegated lemon trees bear fruit that's also called Pink Eureka Lemon or Pink Lemonade. It gets its name from the light pink flesh of its fruit.
Its juice is very sour, but the fruit contains few seeds, making it ideal for making lemonade. Also, because it has a thick peel, it is a good choice for zesting.
Pink Variegated lemon trees can be grown inside or out. Once mature, it will produce fruit year-round.
Different Types of Lemon Tree
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