Yuzu Lemon Tree For Sale
Available in both 1 gallon and 3 gallon sizes.
Yuzu is an ancient hybrid between an unknown mandarin and involving the species Citrus ichangensis. Its true origins are lost to antiquity, but recent genetic analysis indicated that Yuzu was probably a result of several back-crosses involving the two parents. The tree is intermediate between the two known parents, with a strongly upright branches on a tree that grows to up to 20 feet tall at maturity. Leaves are large and pointed, with a prominent petiole flare. Yuzu is among the hardiest of the true citrus, and will often bloom and fruit after being completely defoliated the previous winter from cold.
Yuzu seems to be able to endure winter minimum temperatures down to 10F or slightly below without permanent damage. Although it has been rarely grown in the USA outside of California until recently, this has begun to change as people discover the many culinary uses of the Yuzu fruit. The fruit looks like a large, yellow mandarin, with a thick but easily peeled skin and abundant, large seeds. The pulp is pale yellow and is somewhat dry even early in the season. However, the juice is highly prized (as is the peel) in Asian cuisine, and the strong aroma and flavor of Yuzu lends itself to many uses, including fish, salads, marmalade, and Ponzu sauce. Because the flavor is strong, most people do not like lemonade made with Yuzu, but this characteristic makes it a great citrus for cooking, where a powerful flavor makes it durable. In Japan, whole fruits are added to baths for their wonderful and powerful fragrance. In the USA, Yuzu fruits (if they can be found at all) command a price of $15 a pound or more. It would seem that Yuzu would make a good choice for commercial growers just north of Florida. Its main drawback as a commercial fruit is its tendency towards alternate-bearing.
- Mature Tree Height: 20 feet
- Ripens: September-November
- Hardiness: 10F*
- Taste: Uniquely Yuzu
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 read: Winter Shipping Notice
If you are ordering from AL, AR, GA, NC, SC your order will ship the following Monday / Tuesday. If you are ordering from any other state that we ship to, your order will be held for shipment until the first few weeks of April when the risk of freeze damage is over. Please only order if you are ok with waiting until April to receive your order. We are offering this option because so many have asked if they can get an order in to make sure they dont miss out on something we have in stock right now.