How to Grow a Lemonade Tree
by Paul Moore
(Canberra, A.C.T Australia)
Apparently a "lemonade tree" is a lemon/mandarin tree. I was wondering if you know if it is possible to grow these trees from a seed, or do you have to take a cutting?
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What you are describing is a Meyer lemon tree
. It is not a true lemon but a lemon mandarin hybrid. It is classified as a sweet lemon
because its juice is less tart than that of a standard grocery store lemon.
Another tree known as the pink lemonade tree is the pink Eureka lemon
Either of these wonderful trees can be grown from seed or cuttings. Of course, citrus trees hybridize readily with one another so, if there are other varieties growing near the tree you save seed from, the seed may produce a similar but not identical tree.
To be certain of getting another tree just like the 1 you want, take a cutting. A tree grown from a cutting of a productive tree will bloom and fruit far sooner than a seedling tree.
Another drawback to seedling citrus is that the trees tend to be much thornier than trees grown from cuttings.