Yuzu

Citrus junos

Yuja

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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.

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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest fruit toward the end of autumn, earlier than many other citrus fruit. Pick the fruit with clippers to prevent the skin from tearing.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Cuttings

Take cuttings of semi-ripe wood during summer, root in a cold frame. Cuttings root easily on warm windosill too.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Bees pollinate the flowers.

Special features

Origin

Asia, China, Tibet

Natural climate

Adaptable to various climates, from tropical to subtropical and Mediterranean.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

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.

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Susceptible to aphids, citrus white fly, orange dog caterpillars, thrips, soft brown scale, citrus bud mite, red mite and snails.