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Yuzu is an evergreen shrub or small tree. The edible fruit is relatively rare, and highly prized in the Orient, where the plant has been known and cultivated in China for 2,000 years or more. It is also grown in other areas, particularly Japan and Korea. Essential oils extracted from the plant are used in perfumes, lotions, and soaps.
Harvest fruit toward the end of autumn, earlier than many other citrus fruit. Pick the fruit with clippers to prevent the skin from tearing.
Seed is best sown in containers as soon as it is ripe, wash properly first, germination takes place 2 - 3 weeks at 13°. Water with care and keep well ventilated to prevent damping off.
Take cuttings of semi-ripe wood during summer, root in a cold frame. Cuttings root easily on warm windosill too.
Attracts useful insects
Bees pollinate the flowers.
Asia, China, Tibet
Adaptable to various climates, from tropical to subtropical and Mediterranean.
Soil PH preference
Used as a substitute for lemon and lime, the rind and juice are used for their distinctive, refreshing fragrance and flavour in Japanese-style dishes, also used in drinks and flavorings.
Fragrance is extracted for use in perfumes, lotions, and soaps.
Susceptible to aphids, citrus white fly, orange dog caterpillars, thrips, soft brown scale, citrus bud mite, red mite and snails.