The Meyer lemon is the most widely grown lemon tree in Australia home gardens. And if you are looking for a lemon tree for a small garden, or perhaps growing in a pot, this is the one.
A hybrid tree, Citrus x meyeri , this is cross between a lemon and an orange, however more like a lemon in appearance and taste. Discovered in China by Frank Meyer in the early 1900s, this lemon tree is widely grown across Australia.
The fruit is a little sweeter than some other varieties, the tree itself is a prolific producer of good juicy lemons, problem free and it is a naturally smaller growing tree than some others.
A Meyer lemon tree will reach around 4m in ideal conditions, often smaller than this. This is a tree that is also available on dwarf rootstock and is well suited to growing in containers or for use as an espalier.
The fruit is a little smaller than others, a smooth skin that is thin without the mass of pith that some have. They are attractive when on the tree and useful in the kitchen.