Sudachi Hybrid Yuzu
Prized in Japan for its very flavorful rind and juice, the Sudachi Hybrid Yuzu Citrus Tree is a cross between Yuzu and another unidentified Japanese citrus that is similar to the koji or Tachibana orange. The unique, spicy juice from golf ball size Sudachi fruit is used to flavor soups, fish dishes and even ice cream and other desserts. Higher in Vitamin C than Lemons, Sudachi fruit is often picked green, when its flavor is most pronounced.
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Latin Name: Citrus x sudachi
Site and Soil: This Hybrid Yuzu can be grown outdoors in regions with mild winters. It likes 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil. 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 procuction. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 8 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: Sudachi is related to Yuzu and other hardy citrus and should be hardy to at least 10° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-5 ft.
Taste: Spicy, tart, lemon-lime like
Fruit Skin: Green to yellow
Fruit Flesh: Greenish yellow
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Late fall to winter.
Yield: 40-50 fruit
Care: Fertilize with citrus mix 3-4 times per year with typical applications in late winter (Jan-Feb), late spring (May-June) and early fall (Sept-Oct).
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 varieties.
USDA Zone: 7