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PlantFiles: Etrog Citron, Ethrog Citron
Citrus medica var. etrog

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

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


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)

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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

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

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
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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rroyce 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.


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

Hollywood, Florida
North Miami Beach, Florida
Hillsborough, North Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina

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