New Zealand Lemonade Citrus Tree
One of the most mind bending and delicious hybrid citrus to come along in years, the New Zealand Lemonade is a hybrid of lemon and mandarin that truly tastes like lemonade! You can eat it just like a sweet orange or juice it for immediate lemonade. Very popular in New Zealand and Australia, New Zealand Lemonades are just now becoming available in the U.S. and we couldn’t be happier!
Latin Name: Citrus sp.
Site and Soil: Can be grown outdoors in regions with mild winters, preferring well draining soil, nutrient rich soil in full sun. If growing it in a pot, in the winter place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit production. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: Hardy to about 30 F. but not recommended for growing outdoors in areas with severe frost.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-6 ft.
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: New Zealand Lemonade ripens in late fall to winter.
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants.
USDA Zone: 9a
Image Right to UC-Riverside Citrus Variety Collection