20 years to reach maturity
Fruit can be taken when ripe, roughly 5-7cm long and when they are yellow or yellow green in colour.
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Lemon Tree Overview
Citrus x limon is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree with spiny branches and light green, oval-shaped leaves. In spring and summer, it produces fragrant white flowers that develop into edible yellow fruits, known commonly as Lemons. They can be grown outdoors in full sun in frost-free areas and need a well-drained, neutral or acidic soil. In a glasshouse, grow in full light, in loam-based potting compost.
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How to propagate Lemon Tree
Take semi hardwood cuttings.
Can be propagated by seed but won't come true to type.
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Other uses of Lemon Tree
In warmer climates it is grown as a fruit crop, in colder climates it is grown in containers for indoor display's in conservatories and greenhouses. In city locations it can be grown outside provided it is given frost protection.
The fruit is often used in flavouring food and drinks.
The leaves from twigs and branches are used to distill the essential oil known as Petitgrain citronnier.