The Growing Place
Improved Meyer Lemon flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 10 feet
Spread: 12 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Attractive foliage is displayed on this medium to large shrub, or small tree; fragrant flowers produce juicy lemons year-round; protect from frost; great container plant for the patio or indoors in colder climates
Improved Meyer Lemon is a large shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces yellow oval fruit which are usually ready for picking from early spring to late winter. The fruits have a tangy taste.
The fruit are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Planting & Growing
Improved Meyer Lemon will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Improved Meyer Lemon is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.