Scientific Name: Citrus limon

Description: The lemon, Citrus limon (L.) Osbeck, is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to Asia.

Permaculture Uses: Juice from fruit, peels used in cooking, leaves are used to make tea and prepare meats for cooking. The juice can also be used as a cleaning agent.

Propagation: Seed, cuttings

Pollination: self fruitful

Local Challenges: None noted.

Planted Varieties

Meyer Lemon: a cross between a lemon and possibly an orange or a mandarin, and was named after Frank N. Meyer, who first introduced it to the USA in 1908. Thin-skinned and slightly less acidic than the Lisbon and Eureka lemons, Meyer lemons require more care when shipping and are not widely grown on a commercial basis. Meyer lemons often mature to a yellow-orange color. They are slightly more frost-tolerant than other lemons.