Etrog Citron, Ethrog Citron
Citrus medica var. etrog

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

Category:

Trees

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

From woody stem cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Hollywood, Florida

North Miami Beach, Florida

Hillsborough, North Carolina

North Charleston, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 20, 2011, rroyce from Hillsborough, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I added the comment about danger but now it looks like the plant is too dangerous. The plant has sturdy sharp spines. One has to watch out for them but they are easily avoidable. I have an etrog that has been growing in a container for the past 9 years. We live in zone 7 so it goes outside for the spring, summer, and fall and then inside for the winter. This spring is the first spring that it bloomed profusely. I have to say that it is my first experience with a citrus bloom that is not fragrant in a pleasant sense, not at all like my meyer lemon trees or calamondin orange, all in pots, that are deliciously fragrant. I've always tucked prunings into my flower arrangements and they usually sprout roots.