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Eureka Moment: Meet the Lemon That Took the Gardening World by Storm-If You Plant Only One Citrus This Year, Make It This Tree

Magazine article Sunset

Eureka Moment: Meet the Lemon That Took the Gardening World by Storm-If You Plant Only One Citrus This Year, Make It This Tree

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THE TREE The variegated pink Eureka lemon is usually sold in a 5-gallon container when it's two to three years old. In the ground, it grows 12 to 15 feet tall. Keep it small enough for a pot by pruning the foliage and roots every four to five years.

THE FOLIAGE Apple green leaves have creamy white to pale yellow edges.

WHERE TO GROW Display in a site that gets at least four hours of sun a day (eight is better), and is protected from wind and frost.

WHICH ZONES It grows well outdoors in Sunset climate zones 8, 9, 12-24, H1, H2; indoors elsewhere.

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* THE FRUIT Green streaked with gold when young, it matures to pale yellow. Pink flesh produces clear juice. Expect a few lemons early on; more when the plant is four to five years old.

* HOW TO PLANT Choose a pot at least 16 inches in diameter. Fill the bottom inch with fast-draining potting mix, set in the rootball, fill around it with more soil, then water.

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+ 3 MORE COOL CITRUS FOR POTS

'GOLD NUGGET' MANDARIN Seedless and super-sweet, these easy-to-peel mandarins ripen on the tree from early spring through summer. …

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