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PlantFiles: Lemon
Citrus limon 'Ponderosa'

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: limon (LEE-mon) (Info)
Cultivar: Ponderosa

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Unknown - Tell us

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive henryr10 On Jan 29, 2011, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

The 'Ponderosa' Lemon is in fact not a true Lemon.
It's thought to be a chance hybrid cross between a Citron and a True Lemon dating back to the 1880's.
It does though come true to seed.

Positive roose On Jan 25, 2005, roose from Monroe, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I inherited my Ponderosa from my Dad, who had it for 25 years. He raised it in a half barrel container when he lived in The Bronx, N.Y.It's not winter hardy, but does very well indoors by a sunny window. The fruit is OK but on the dry side. Should bloom in winter so that the fruit can grow to its full potential by the following winter. Fruit size can be as large as a grapefruit. Prone to scale bug infestation and spider mites. When in full bloom the aroma is exotically spicy. Can be grafted onto seed grown citrus plant. Graft must be relatively new growth (not older than a year).
My tree is shaped like a Bonsai (a rather large one) , is a pleasure to look at and fun to take care of. It most definitely is a conversation piece. For me, it holds many wonderful memories. Grow one, and start your own memories. Have fun!


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

Laguna Niguel, California
Bonita Springs, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Miami, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Clinton, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Baytown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Willis, Texas

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