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Citrus Favorites

Blaire Benson

There are some new and unusual citruses now available at the nursery and we're excited to highlight a few for you. Speaking of citrus, don’t forget to join us for our Citrus Tasting on Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and try before you buy! Our expert supplier, Generation Growers, will be on hand to answer your questions and help you decide the right citrus for your garden. Please RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite!

Pink Variegated Eureka Lemon

Easily identified by its green and white leaves, you can’t miss the Pink Variegated Eureka Lemon. Sunset Magazine states, “If you plant only one citrus this year, make it this tree.” Commonly called Pink Lemonade, the tree is adorned with green fruit streaked with gold, maturing to a pale yellow when ripe. The light pink flesh is low-seeded and tangy. Another citrus perfect for a container or hedge, growing 12 to 15 feet tall.

Cara Cara Orange

Don’t let the run-of-the-mill orange rind fool you; inside, the distinct pink-orange flesh of the Cara Cara Orange boasts a remarkable flavor with hints of blackberry and rose. A cross between two navels found in Venezuela in the 70s at Hacienda da Cara Cara, the orange is less acidic, sweeter and a bit tangier than traditional navels. The half-hardy, dwarf evergreen grows 10 to 15 feet high, perfect for an accent, hedge or container.

Seedless Kishu Mandarin Orange

You’ve got to grow your own Seedless Kishu Mandarin Orange to taste. Not commercially available, the tiny, seedless fruit is no bigger than a golf ball, but one of the first to ripen in fall. This hardy, evergreen citrus is adorned with an abundance of rich, sweet and juicy fruit, which the tree will hold into the new year for leisurely harvest. It is perfect for containers or accent at 5 to 6 feet tall. 

Bearss Seedless Lime

The Bearss Seedless Lime is the most valuable lime in our western gardens. Originating around 1895 and named after nurseryman J.T. Bearss, this outstanding fruiting and ornamental dwarf can produce superbly flavored limes nearly all year long. The most bountiful harvest will be August to March, producing yellowish fruit once ripe. The Bearss makes for a perfect cocktail garnish with a fragrant, somewhat spicy aroma. Growing 8 to 10 feet tall, the citrus is perfect for an accent, entry or container.

For more information on citrus care, take a look at our Growing Citrus care sheet or come by and see us!