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PlantFiles: Fingered Citron, Buddha's Hand
Citrus medica var. sarcodactylus

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: medica var. sarcodactylus

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

17 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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9 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosinaBloom On Sep 30, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Buddha's Hand Citrus Fruit is also known as Bushukan or Fingered Citron. It originated from India and China.
It is an ornamental tree or shrub, covered in thorns, but has fragrant white flowers tinged with a purplish colour. It has a thick peel which is used as zest in culinary dishes, and it has no juice.
It is used as an offering in Buddhist temples, and the closed fingers were preferred by Buddha because they were like praying hands.
It's fragrance is used to perfume clothing and rooms.

Positive Gangajay On Mar 6, 2011, Gangajay from Marine Parade
Singapore wrote:

I'd often seen this as an ornamental plant, but discovered its culinary value when I was served some fresh cheese in a restaurant with the zest grated over. The scent was heavenly, almost like sweet Sicilian lemon.

Positive rntx22 On Dec 14, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was surprised to see this guy survive the snow we had last week. A few leaves got a little brown, but otherwise mine still looks ok!!

Positive ManicReality On Apr 28, 2007, ManicReality from Houston, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

It looks beautiful, I have just gotten ahold of a young plant about a foot tall. It is outside, hopefully it will like it there.

Positive Laaz On Oct 15, 2006, Laaz from North Charleston, SC wrote:

Buddha's hand does not normally produce seed. If by chance you find one I would not think it would come true to type.

Positive Jamie_Anderson On Apr 15, 2006, Jamie_Anderson from Wellington
New Zealand wrote:

I have one of these citrons in a pot, after repotting it has just started to settle down, and throw out a flush of leaves. The picture I have posted is of a juvenile fruit.

The fruit of this plant is reportedly highly prized in Asian cultures for its deliciously sweet and citrussy scent, and for its beauty.

This plant grows well in New Zealand.

Positive marshtackie On Jun 10, 2004, marshtackie from Orlando, FL wrote:

That despite the fact that the plant I had was the most bug-prone citrus ever. It has since kicked the bucket.

Why my experience was positive: the smell is heavenly, even better than that of a Key lime. Prune a branch and it perfumes the air. I grew it in a large pot, as I do Key limes, and I intended to try to make Sukkade out of the fruit (candied citron) and perhaps try the leaves in soups or stews as the Thais use lime leaves.

Should add: reason I grew it in a pot--like Key lime, this one is sensitive to cold temperatures. I live in Zone 9. Can't grow Key limes in the open ground here; one year with a freeze and blooey! Should also add: acid citrus tends to bloom and fruit off and on throughout the year. This is true of Key limes and calamondins; I think it may be true of C. medica also.

Positive martina On Apr 26, 2004, martina from El Cajon, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

We bought three plants for our garden E of San Diego, one little tree died and one is struggling - snail attacks seem to be the problem - California snails easily destroy the bark of the trunk. Still, our third plant is a success, plenty of beautiful blooms and absolutely stunning fruit - well worth all the care and waiting.

Positive IslandJim On Sep 20, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant's a natural crowd pleaser. People spot the fruit from as far away as they can see it and gravitate to it to get a better look. The one at Marie Selby Botanical Garden always seems to have fruit and always seems to have a crown of tourists taking pictures of it. It may be the most photographed plant in the Selby collection.

Neutral Bug_Girl On Nov 20, 2002, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I really like the way this fruit looks,like an odd shaped lemon. The fruit is mostly rind, but is candied in Asian cuisine.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama
Albany, California
Clovis, California
East Palo Alto, California
El Cajon, California
El Sobrante, California
San Jose, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Venice, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Hulbert, Oklahoma
North Charleston, South Carolina
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
La Porte, Texas
Shepherd, Texas

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