The Q&A Archives: Dwarf vs. semi-dwarf lemon or lime

Question: Can you please tell me the difference between dwarf and semi-dwarf lemon and lime trees? Thanks.


A semi-dwarf citrus grows to about two-thirds the size of a standard tree. Depending on the citrus variety a mature semi-dwarf tree reaches between 15ʼ and 20ʼ tall. Notable exceptions are Eureka & Lisbon Lemons, which are too vigorous for true dwarfing.

A dwarfing rootstock reduces the proportions of the tree, however, dwarfing does not change the fruit size. Most dwarf citrus will reach a height of approximately 6ʼ–8ʼ at maturity.

Hope this clarifies things for you.

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