20" - 28" tall Keraji Mandarin Sweet Lemon Tree
Keraji has a compact growing nature making it easier to keep it contained to its designated area. The fruits on this tree are small, similar to a satsuma in size but super easy to peel apart due to its puffy skin. The flesh is easy to segment to eat but they are a bit seedy and in peak season the fruit tastes like eating lemonade. While this tree is seedy, this cultivar more than makes up for it with being super productive. They’re very robust, easy to grow trees and are cold tolerant. The tree can hang on to the fruit for a long time but they will lose flavor over time. The fruit makes for excellent fresh eating, it can also be juiced instead as a sugarless lemonade, you can turn it into marmalade or add it to a salad dressing as an interesting vinaigrette or can even make a beautiful sorbet.
It’s known to be cold hardy down to zone 8, though may need a little protection while still young. Can handle down to 14F in ground. It has a deep yellow or orange moderately rough rind, flesh is a light yellow. Ripening time is between November and January, bloom time is late winter into early spring. Tastes like lemonade when perfectly ripe but will get sweeter and less acidic when left to ripen on the tree longer.
- Mature Tree Height: 12-15ft
- Ripens: Fall
- Cold Hardiness: 14F*
Our trees are grafted with mature buds so our trees will fruit quicker.
* Hardiness temperatures are approximate, and indicate where fully dormant, mature trees may experience significant damage.
Please keep in mind that we are unable to ship to AZ, CA, HI, FL, LA, TX. These restrictions are due to USDA Agricultural laws.
- We ship via UPS Ground
- We ship on Mondays & Tuesdays
- If your order is placed after 9am on Tuesday it will likely ship the next week.
- Trees may need to be topped or pruned to fit in the box.
- Tracking number will be emailed to you when your order ships, please check your spam folder if you don't see an email.
These are a few questions we are often asked and their answers:
Why dont you ship to FL or CA?
We aren't able to due to USDA restrictions, we wish we could but we can't.
When will my tree fruit?
We graft with certified mature buds so our trees are capable of flowering and producing fruit in the first season, but will definitely flower and produce fruit in the second season. We recommend removing fruit for the first couple years to allow the tree to focus on branching and growing roots.
What does this variety taste like?
In most cases the original Budwood program we purchased Certified buds from does not offer much in the way of descriptions or taste information. We then grow those buds out and continuously harvest new buds and then sell young trees so we simply don't always end up with fruit to try so unless its listed, we don't know what they taste like.
Do you have anymore of these available?
We try hard to add inventory when it grows large enough, if a product shows as 0 available please click the notify button to be emailed as soon as we add inventory to the site.
What rootstock is this grafted onto?
We use a handful of rootstock varieties for different reasons when we are grafted. If the variety says "Dwarf" then that variety is grafted to Flying Dragon. If it is not listed as Dwarf then we either used a standard rootstock or semi dwarfing rootstock. When fully mature the difference between Dwarf and Standard is only about 80% difference, it just takes dwarf longer to grow that large. You can maintain tree size through pot size and effective pruning.