Calamondin is a great Houston citrus. It is a small growing citrus with small sour Kumquat like fruit. It is great for marmalade, cooking or eating right off the tree.
It is very winter hardy, usually tolerating temperatures into the teens.
Like all citrus in Houston, the calamondin likes good drainage and lots of sun.
Variegated calamondin is grown for it’s interesting foliage and fruit.
It is a small, sour, kumquat-like fruit. Great for cooking, eating fresh or making marmalades. Cold hardy into the teens.
Rio Red Grapefruit
Rio Red is one of the more red-fleshed grapefruits available. It keeps its red color throughout the growing season. Rio Red Grapefruit is large with a smooth, thin yellow skin and red flesh. It is very juicy with relatively few seeds.
‘Rio Red’ was discovered in 1976 by R. A. Hensz as a limb sport on a tree being grown from ‘Ruby Red’ budwood that had been irradiated. Released in 1984, ‘Rio Red’ has interior color that is twice as red as ‘Henderson’ and its color persists throughout the season. ‘Rio Red’ has an overall reddish tinge on the peel and a lighter-colored halo in the flesh when viewed in cross-section.
The Bloomsweet Grapefruit is a white fleshed fruit with yellow skin that is very easy to peel and segment. It is juicy and has a unique flavor of grapefruit and orange. It is very cold hardy ripening November-December. It likes full sun and can grow up to 20′.
The Cocktail Grapefruit is a cross between a mandarin and pummelo. Very sweet and juicy without the bitterness. Small to medium sized citrus fruit. This hybrid has a dark, yellow, thin rind with a deep yellow flesh. Great for juicing or eating, and garnishing drinks.
Meiwa Kumquat is a small growing citrus.
The fruit is small and sweet. The pulp and the skin are eaten.
This Kumquat is a heavy producer.
It is great in a pot or in the ground.
Nagami Kumquat are a group of small fruit bearing trees, similar to an orange but much smaller and ovular. The rind and flesh are tasty, but more sour than the Meiwa.
Great as a potted plant, or in the ground.
The Navel Orange is a medium to large tree. Its fruit has a thick orange rind. It is juicy and seedless with a rich flavor.
Navel oranges are characterized by the growth of a second fruit at the apex, which protrudes slightly and resembles a human navel.
Because the navel orange is seedless, it can only be propagated through cuttings. Technically, every navel orange comes from the same orange tree; the Brazilian orange which generated a spontaneous mutation hundreds of years ago. Orange farmers take cuttings from their navel orange trees and graftthem onto fresh stock periodically to ensure that their orchards stay healthy, and also for the purpose of expansion.
Moro Blood Orange
The Moro Blood Orange is a vigorous tree, almost blood-colored crimson flesh. Very bright orange skin. Not cold hardy, so it’s best to keep planted in a large container or as a patio tree.
The Miho Satsuma is extremely cold hardy. It has a fruit that is sweet and seedless. Miho Satsuma ripens late September or early October.
Improved Meyer Lemon
Meyer Lemon is one of the most winter hardy citrus for Houston.
Because it will repeat bloom it is often used in the landscape for it’s fragrance as well as the fruit.
Lemons like a sunny well drained location.
The Meyer lemon grows to 15′ or more tall and wide.
The Meyer Lemon Tree is named for Frank Meyer of the USDA, who brought the plant from China in 1908. By the mid 1940s, the Meyer Lemon had become a staple citrus tree throughout Southern California. It was discovered that a majority of the Meyer lemon trees being propagated were carriers of the Tristeza Virus, a virus which had killed millions of citrus trees all over the world and rendered others useless for production. After this finding, most of the Meyer lemon trees in the United States were destroyed to save other citrus trees. A virus-free selection was found in the 1950s by Four Winds Growers in California. This selection, named Improved Meyer Lemon, was certified and released by the University of California in 1975.
Variegated Pink Lemon
The Variegated Pink Lemon, sometimes called “Pink LEmonade” is a very colorful variety of the most popular lemon cultivar. It has beautifully variegated green and white leaves, fragrant white flowers tipped with purple, and 3″ green and yellow striped fruit with pink flesh. The fruits are juicy, have relatively fewer seeds, and are less acidic than regular lemons; riper fruits will be sweeter. Yes, it really is good for making pink lemonade! It is self-pollenating and does not need to be grafted onto the roots of other trees. It is hardy into the 20’s and rarely needs pruning in the ground. It is perfectly capable of being kept in a container as an attractive bushy shrub or dwarf tree; if it becomes rootbound and you do not wish to buy a larger pot, then trim off a third of the roots and a third of the top growth and repot it in the same container. Do this only before the new spring growth starts.
Ponderosa lemon trees are slow growing and thorny but reach a height of 12 to 24 feet at maturity. While the fruit are extremely larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity. Produces a very large amount of juice from one lemon. Can be planted in the ground or kept in a container.
Tree height averages 10-12 feet tall. Very wide spreading tree, prefers full sun, thorny, sweet blossom fragrance, very acidic, sweet juice. Cold Hardy.
This large vigorous lemon makes a fine small scale shade tree or an accent with high degree of fragrance and fruit color.
The Eureka lemon was developed in California where mild frost free coastal climate could support a more tender cultivar. Genus Citrus originates in Asia. Twelfth century Arab traders introduced them to Spain and from there it spread to the California missions. It is this early mission fruit that became the breeding stock for many of our contemporary commercial varieties.
An Indonesian native, this Citrus is now grown worldwide as a backyard shrub under the names Kaffir Lime, Kieffer Lime, Makrut, or Magrood. The entire bush or small tree is covered in thorns, and is small enough to be successfully grown in a container as well as the ground. While many Citrus are grown for their fruit, Kaffir Limes are grown for both their 2″, bumpy-skinned green fruits and their aromatic leaves that are pinched in the center like an hour glass. Cambodian, Thai and Laotian dishes make excellent use of the leaves, which may be fresh, dried, or frozen and later thawed for use. Creole cuisine uses the fruit zest for flavoring in both its food and its rum, and the juice of the fruit may be used medicinally or as a flavoring. The aromatic oil from the peeling is also insecticidal. It is hardy to 28-32°F, but should be covered if temperatures drop below that or stay down for very long.
Key Lime (Thornless)
Upright, thornless tree, fruit is thin-skinned and has very few seeds. Key Lime trees make a great container grown or patio plant. Not very cold hardy, but great for cooking or adding a special garnish to drinks. Use for Key Lime Pie, or add to seafood and meat dishes. Produces sweet fragrant blooms
The Mexican Lime tree is a heavy bearer, vigorous tree with very juicy fruit. Height can range from 6ft to 13ft. Tree has thorny spines. Fruit is very acidic and flavorful with few or many seeds.
Medium tree with dark foliage. Produces medium to large juicy fruit. Thornless tree. Fruit keeps longer than Key lime. Oval shaped lime, similar in size to a lemon. Vivid green rind. Fruit is usually seedless, tender and acidic with light green to yellow pulp.
Algerian Tangerine (Clementine)
The Algerian Clementine is an early ripening, small, reddish orange fruit. Easy to peel, almost always seedless, or very few seeds. Juicy and sweet.
One of the oldest variety of Tangerines. Rind is deep reddish color when ripe and easy to peel with very few seeds.
Cross between the Dancy Tangerine and the Duncan Grapefruit. Juicy and sweet!
and more………..(we have more varieties than those pictured)
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