Lemonade (Dwarf) Tree


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Lemonades are the ultimate citrus for small gardens!  This compact tree looks especially fabulous in a pot or espaliered. Wondering what Lemonades taste like? Imagine a freshly squeezed lemonade without the lip-puckering sourness.  You won't find this treat in the shops - what better reason is there to grow one at home?  

Our Lemonades are young specimens that come in 2 litre pots.

What is a Lemonade Tree?

Evergreen Lemonades were discovered relatively recently in little ol' New Zealand.  They are a very ornamental, small-sized citrus tree with pleasant white flowers, dark green leaves and predator-deterring thorns.  Left unchecked they can grow between 3 and 4 metres, but size is easily managed with pruning. 

This fragrant tree is heavy fruiting and will delight you with loads of juicy sweet fruit. Physically, Lemonade fruit look like large yellow lemons, but rounder.  Feature Lemonades in your elegant, Mediterranean, tropical or coastal garden. 

Culinary Uses for Lemonades

The taste of Lemonades is, unsurprisingly, reminiscent of lemonade.  As this fruit is much less acidic than the humble lemon, it is also much sweeter.  Some liken the flavour to a hybrid of Lemon and a Mandarin, while others say there is a hint of Grapefruit too.  Lemonades ripen on the tree - the longer you leave them, the sweeter they become.

The mouth-watering fruit are at their best picked, peeled and eaten straight from the tree.  Adventurous cooks will be able to find ways to incorporate Lemonade juice into anything from European classic desserts through to Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes.  Add them to summer punch, use them in marmalade, preserve them, or experiment with Lemonade cheesecake!  

Growing Conditions - Lemonade Tree

Lemonades are self-fertile, so you only need one tree for fruit. Like all citrus, they thrive in a sunny spot, with rich and well drained soil. (Take care not to cover the root collar or trunk with soil when planting. ) Lemonades need regular watering (keep soil moist all year round) and are heavy feeders.  

While this tree might survive a mild frost once established, it prefers a sheltered spot that protects the fruit from strong wind.  Also avoid planting close to other citrus varieties as cross-pollination between citrus can cause seedless varieties to develop pips.   Companion plant with Dill, Thyme, Marigold, Borage, Cosmos and Calendula.  

To encourage a good bushy shape, pinch out the tips of the branches.  Prune lightly in spring after fruiting has finished.  (Well-pruned trees tend to have more fruit and are less susceptible to branch breakage.)  

Tips for Growing Lemonade Trees in a Container

Choose a good sized pot with adequate drainage holes (larger is better) and position in a sunny spot.  Potted citrus need a rich, free draining soil mix designed for container growing.   You also need to water and feed them more often than citrus planted directly in the garden.   

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: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

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: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  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: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

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.


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