Image of a small Dwarf Golden Special Grapefruit tree, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ.  The tree has dark green oval leaves and will produce large round, golden coloured fruit.

Grapefruit Trees (Dwarf Golden Special)


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Golden Special is New Zealand's most popular Grapefruit variety.  Our dwarf version is perfect for Grapefruit lovers with small gardens.  They are more manageable in size than the regular tree, yet they still produce loads of tangy, almost seedless fruit to enjoy.

Urban Bounty Dwarf Golden Special Grapefruit trees come in a 3 litre pot.

About Dwarf Golden Special Grapefruit  (Citrus maxima, Pomelo)

Grapefruit trees originated in Barbados, resulting from an accidental cross between an Orange and Pomelo tree.  When first discovered, it was dubbed 'the forbidden fruit'. This subtropical citrus tree has large golden fruit, with a thick skin and juicy segments inside.

Golden Special is a delicious and heavy fruiting variety with relatively few seeds. It is self-fertile, so you only need one tree. Our compact dwarf variety is ideal for a small garden or a container.  Grafted onto Flying Dragon rootstock, it will grow to head height in a container, or up to 2 metres high and wide in the garden. Three years after planting, your tree will produce a steady harvest anywhere between July and November each year - just when your body needs the Vitamin C the most!

Enjoy the pop of colour that a dwarf Grapefruit tree adds to your courtyard containers, as an espalier on a boring fence, or in your Mediterranean garden.

Culinary Uses for Grapefruit (Pomelo) 

The taste of Grapefruit is similar to many of its citrus cousins - tangy, sweet and sour at the same time - but with slightly more bitter notes in its flavour profile. This winter fruit is used in so many international cuisines - from South Africa to Vietnam, Mexico, China and the United States of America.

We love Grapefruit for breakfast.  Cut the fruit in half, sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar and leave overnight to marinate in its own juices.  Alternatively, it can be juiced, or made into a delicious marmalade for your morning toast. 

Adventurous cooks will also know that Grapefruit is more than a breakfast fruit.  We love it at cocktail time in an Aperol and prosecco spritz.  It is also delicious in a prawn and Avocado salad, or for dessert with pineapple, pomegranate and mint sugar.  

Growing Conditions - Grapefruit (Pomelo)

Plant Grapefruit in autumn - early spring, but avoid planting in frosty weather.  Soak the trees in a bucket of water for a few minutes beforehand.  Ensure you keep the soil line below the grafting bud. 

Dwarf Golden Special Grapefruit is a near-seedless variety, so plant it away from other citrus trees - they can begin to form seeds if cross pollinated with another citrus flowering at the same time.  Dill, Thyme, Marigold, Borage and Calendula are good companion plants for your Grapefruit tree.

Choose a sunny, warm spot with rich, well-draining soil for your Grapefruit -  the Flying Dragon rootstock used for this tree isn't very cold tolerant.  If you live in a colder area, this variety can be grown in a large container and moved inside over winter.  (It will need more regular fertiliser and water than a tree planted in the garden.)

Grapefruit are heavy feeders - they need lots of compost and manure.  Water regularly while young, when the tree is fruiting, and in summer when the weather is hot and dry.   

This tree won't need much pruning, but you can strategically shape it while young, opening up the centre to allow sunlight and air flow.  Regularly nip out the tips and remove suckers at the bottom of the tree to encourage bushy and compact growth.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.