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Citrus, Lemon ‘Improved Meyer’

Improved Meyer Lemon
Rutaceae
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

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Low-heat requirement makes lemons widely adapted and especially appreciated in regions where sweet oranges and grapefruit won’t ripen. They do best year-round near the coast, though some varieties are very successful in the desert.

‘Improved Meyer’ lemon
‘Improved Meyer’ lemon

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‘Improved Meyer’

The word “improved” refers to fact that this is a disease-free form of ‘Meyer’ lemon (which is itself probably a cross between lemon and sweet orange), and the only one that can be sold in California. This is the best lemon for Hawaii. Fruit is quite different from the commercial lemon—rounder, thinner skinned, orange yellow in color. Tangy aroma but less acidic flavor than standard lemon; very juicy. Bears fruit year-round and starts producing at an early age. The tree is not a dwarf on its own roots, though it is sometimes sold as an own-root plant that can reach 12 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide. On a dwarf rootstock, it’s half that size.

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