Dwarf Citrus Trees
Specialty Dwarf Citrus Trees
At SummerWinds Nursery, we carry a variety of specialty dwarf citrus trees—perfect for growing in small spaces or as a container specimen.
Do you enjoy the taste of fresh citrus—whether eaten raw, added as an ingredient to a homemade recipe, or squeezed into your favorite beverage? Check out these nine dwarf citrus varieties you can grow on your patio or deck, or in your garden landscape.
Sizes and selection varies by location and is available seasonally, while supplies last. Contact your local SummerWinds Nursery with questions about availability, specific varieties or sizes.
Australian Finger Lime – Also known as ‘Citrus caviar,’ it boasts finger-like lime fruits that are tart, round and juicy. Blooms tiny white and pink flowers. Prized by chefs worldwide. Prefers full sun to part shade. Self fertile.
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Bergamot/Kieffer/Kaffir/Makrut(Thai) Lime – Thai, Cambodian and Indonesian recipes use the leaves, zest and juice from this tree. Zest from this bumpy fruit is used in curries and in cleaning because of its wonderful aroma. This self-fertile tree prefers full-sun to part-shade.
Buddha's Hand Lemon – Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis is also known as a fingered citron and it's a natural variation of the regular citron (Citrus medica). The dwarf variety grows to 5 feet tall and does not tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It is edible with a flavor reminiscent of a lemon peel—but without any bitterness or sourness, and with a hint of subtle sweetness. The fingered citron is practically all rind and does not have any flesh, seeds, pulp, juice or moisture. Its texture is similar to that of a raw eggplant (without the bitterness). It is not usually eaten raw but is used as an ingredient. Its scent is lemony and floral and it is enjoyed by women and men alike. Just setting the fruit out can keep an area smelling like lemon and lavender for up to a couple of weeks.
Kumquat Fukushu – The Fukushu kumquat grows on a naturally small tree with fully edible fruits that ripen to orange in color. It has a thin rind and less seeds than some other varieties. Prefers full sun. Dwarf variety grows 6 to 10 feet tall; smaller when grown in a container.
Limequat – Citrus x floridana is a hybrid between a kumquat and a key lime. Limequats are tasty fruits that are used to make limequat pie. Its fruit is usually picked green and ripens to yellow after. It has a slightly more bitter taste than a lime and the entire fruit is edible—including the skin. Dwarf variety grows 4 to 8 feet tall; smaller when grown in a container.
Mandarinquat – A hybrid of a kumquat and a mandarin, they have a vibrant hue like an orange but are smaller in size. Since there is no pith or seeds, they can be eaten whole, as they have a sweet skin and a very tart interior.
Mexican Key Lime – Citrus aurantifolia is also known as Key Lime, this easy-to-grow fruit grows vigorously once planted. It boasts fragrant flowers, deep green leaves and yellow-green limes that are the size of a golf ball. They are preferred by bartenders and bakers.
Owari Satsuma Mandarin – Citrus reticulate ‘Owari’ is a medium-sized, seedless edible orange that is juicy and sweet. Grows against dark-green foliage, ripens early and stores well. Difficult/challenging to grow in hot desert areas. Prefers partial to full sun and needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Dwarf size grows 6 to 10 feet tall; smaller when grown in a container.
Variegated Calamondin Orange – Citrofortunella mitis ‘Variegata’ is a lovely columnar shrub that bears small, edible juicy, sour fruits that make excellent preserves. When in bloom, it boasts fragrant white flowers among variegated green foliage. Prefers partial to full sun and needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Dwarf variety grows 6 to 10 feet tall; smaller when grown in a container.
Fertilize Your Citrus Trees & Shrubs
We recommend fertilizing your citrus three times a year—in September, February and May.
Click the buttons below to learn more about citrus:Citrus Feeding Time Citrus Tree Care Citrus Tree Varieties
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