Citrus limon 'Eureka'Item #2505 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 10
This popular variety produces an abundance of fine, market-quality lemons year round. Large, juicy fruit with very few seeds is borne at an early age. Attractive landscape or patio container specimen with bronze-purple new growth. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus LEE-monPlant type:CitrusDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 20 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Intermittently, year-roundFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis large vigorous lemon makes a fine small scale shade tree or an accent with high degree of fragrance and fruit color. Grow in a citrus orchard or insert into existing landscape. Great long range focal point or position to screen off undesirable land uses with it's evergreen foliage.Companion PlantsThe bronze-purple new growth of this evergreen is complemented by the purple-red flowers of Don MarioTM Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea 'Monio') trailing beside it. TropicannaTM Canna (Canna indica var. 'Phasion') livens things up with its orange flowers and leaves striped with red, pink, yellow and green. For a solid groundcover in the mix, try White Lightnin'TM Trailing Lantana (Lantana sellowiana 'Monma'), with its profusion of pure white blooms.
- CareCare InformationProvide well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The Eureka lemon was developed in California where mild frost free coastal climate could support a more tender cultivar. Genus Citrus originates in Asia. Twelfth century Arab traders introduced them to Spain and from there it spread to the California missions. It is this early mission fruit that became the breeding stock for many of our contemporary commercial varieties.Lore:Oddly enough, the Romans did obtain citrus, probably the citron and grew them in Sicily and Naples. This is documented by fruit was sent as a tribute to the Normans in 1003 AD.