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Zones 8, 9, 12-27, H1, H2
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Full
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Moderate

Citrus, Grapefruit

Rutaceae
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

Originally hybrids between oranges and pummelos, grapefruit trees can reach to 25–30 ft. tall (most are shorter), with large, dark green leaves. True grapefruit needs heat for sweet-tart fruit; it’s best in Florida, south Texas, and the desert, where fruit ripens in 9 months (can take a year or longer where there’s less heat). Vigorous grower. Intermediate in cold resistance.

‘Cocktail’

Labeled a grapefruit, but is actually a mandarin-pummelo hybrid. Large fruit with greenish orange (or mottled orange-and-green) skin and pale orange, very seedy flesh. Sweeter than grapefruit, with distinctive flavor. Best quality in warm-summer areas, but worth growing in cooler regions.

‘Dwarf Redblush’

Trees grow to 10–12 ft. tall with large, glossy green leaves and large (5-in.), sweet-tart, yellow fruit with red flesh that fades first to pink, then buff by the end of the season.

‘Oroblanco’

Sister fruit to ‘Melogold’, with sweeter seedless white flesh. Has same low-heat requirement but is smaller and thicker skinned.

‘Redblush’ (‘Ruby’, ‘Ruby Red’)

Seedless grapefruit with red tinted flesh. Red internal color fades to pink, then buff.

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