Got Pink Lemons?
Make Pink Lemonade!
The pink lemons produced by the variegated pink Eureka lemon tree will supply you with pitchers of pink lemonade all summer. The lemon of pink lemonade fame has a bumpy green and yellow striped rind. Only the flesh is pink.
It is less juicy than a
yellow Eureka lemon
but just as tart. Use it just the same as you would its yellow-fleshed cousin.
The pink Eureka lemon tree produces a smaller crop than a standard Eureka and is grown more for its ornamental qualities than for its pink-fleshed fruit. The juice, by the way, is clear--not pink.
A pink lemon tree growing at
With its striped fruit and cream edged leaves, the pink Eureka lemon is the most striking of the ornamental or novelty lemons.
The tree in the photo is growing in the open ground but the variegated pink lemon does equally well in containers. I kept one in a pot outside my screen porch for a couple of seasons before transplanting it into the ground.
My tree was not grafted onto dwarfing rootstock but it grew very slowly. I think it could have remained in that 14 inch pot for several years without being root pruned.
Front to back: Variegated Pink Lemonade tree, Key lime,
Navel orange, and a
The Pink Lemonade tree is hardy in zones 9b-11. In colder zones, plant it in a pot and protect it from frost.
The fragrant flowers and interesting fruit will appear intermittently throughout the year.
Ponderosa Lemon Tree
The Ponderosa lemon is not a true lemon but the juice of the large, seedy yellow fruit is tart enough to be used as a substitute for lemon juice in recipes. Growing a Ponderosa lemon tree is the best way to obtain the fruit.
The Lisbon lemon is the most widely sold lemon variety in the world. It is the sour lemon most often carried by U.S. supermarkets. Its only rival for top spot is the similar Eureka lemon.
Growing Dwarf Lemon Trees as House Plants
Dwarf lemon trees can be very enjoyable houseplants. An indoor lemon tree will delight you with its fragrant citrus blossoms and tangy fruit. Why the dwarf Meyer lemon is my preferred lemon tree dwarf.
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