Citrus limon

Lemon Tree

The well-known Lemon tree has design values well beyond its fruiting capacity.

Features: Attractive form. Fruits. Scented flowers. Available in various dwarf forms.
Applications: Container planting. Espalier. Landscape sites. Courtyards. Gardens.
Description Relatively suitable to growing in containers and enjoying the warmth of Western Australia's climate, the Lemon's versatility is often overlooked. They can be seen co-planted with other citrus varieties in landscapes that set out to add both taste and scent to a design's obvious aesthetic values or alternatively, presented as more manicured plants in containers for courtyards and business entrances. Their small form is attractive and they can offer a familiar yet different aspect to a space or environment. Lemons should be well-supported with appropriate care and fertile soils.
Availability: Torbay : 45L
Mature height: 2-4
Mature spread: 3-4
Canopy: Typically domed. Can be shaped or espalier. Moderately dense shade.
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: When establishing, avoid root competition. Dislikes root disturbance. Fertilise to support fruit production. Fruit litter potentially an issue. Dislikes frost.
Tolerances: Can be grown in containers. Responds to heavy pruning in late summer or spring.
Sun demands: Full sun
Soil demands: Needs good drainage and fertile soils. Mildy acid to mildly alkaline soils best.
Water demands: Moderate. Minimal water when at rest.
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Rutaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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