Lemon
Citrus limon 'Ponderosa'

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

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

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

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

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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

Cibolo, Texas

Helotes, Texas

Houston, Texas

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

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

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 o... read more