• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible
    Blooms:
    Early spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus pa-ra-DEE-see
    Plant type:Citrus
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design IdeasAll citrus trees are the perfect combination of ornamental and edible plant values, but dwarf citrus are even more versatile because they fit in limited spaces. Make this a single accent tree in gardens were fragrance can be appreciated close up. Add to foundation planting outside a window. If low foliage is left in place these double as a background foliage plant for more colorful shrubs and tropcials. Integrate into existing beds and borders. Grow orchard style in a grid or a allee for optimal care and fruit production. Outstanding small tree for large terra cotta pots in the Italian style that may be moved for winter protection in marginal areas.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Modern grapefruit are evolved from the original Citrus paradisi, named by a Scots botanist in Jamaica, James Macfayden in the early 19th century for plants first discovered in Barbados. The grapefruit is believed to be a result of crossing the pommelo with the sweet orange retaining most of the characteristics of pommelo. The red coloring in this grapefruit points to its ancestry as the Foster in 1907, the first pink grapefruit. About mid-century breeding technology gave birth to a host of new pink varieties among them, Redblush, developed in Texas in 1970.
    Lore:
    The origin of grapefruit is not well documented. Its name was inspired by the heavy crops of fruit on the earlest plants resembling grape clusters. Also known as shaddock. Grapefruit can have a number of interactions with modern drugs.