Commonly known as 'Meyer's lemon'

Hardy lemon which will grow outdoors in the mildest climates
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Narrowly ovate, finely-toothed, light-green leaves 5-10cm (2-4in) long.
  • White
  • Height
    2-3m (6-10ft) Can be pruned to shape
  • Spread
    2m (6½ft)
  • Fruit
    Plants which produce an edible or ornamental fruit
  • Tall Shrub
    Large shrub. Flowers, 4-5cm (1½-2in) across are produced singly, or in small cymes. Buds are purple- or red-tinted. Fruit is spherical, to 8cm (3in) long, rounder than a true lemon and orange-tinted when ripe.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse
    Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun


Available late spring to early summer 2023 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Small £15.00 each 
Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2023
plant size comparison icon 1 to 1.5 Litre
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only
Medium £30.00 each 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Thought to be a cross between a true lemon and a mandarin or orange.
    Pests & Diseases
    Under glass - red spider mite, scale, whiteflies, mealybug.
    Place of origin
    Brought back from China by FN Meyer, US Dept. of Agriculture in 1908.
  • Flower Shape
    Shallowly cup-shaped 4-5cm (1½-2in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Greenhouse / conservatory
    Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
    Loam based potting compost, full light, shade from hot sun
  • Hardiness
    Half hardy (down to 0)
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Neutral to acid soil
    To slightly acid.
  • Toxic - Category C
    Skin irritant with sunlight
  • Wildlife
    Rabbit Resistant
2-3m (6-10ft) Can be pruned to shape
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)

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