Lemon tree - Knowledgebase Question

Lakewood, Ca
Question by Donneese3
September 9, 2009
Have a lemon tree that is 50 years old is producing fruit but the lemons don't look right. They look like they have frost bite. I have only watered the tree and spray for white flies occasionally. Do tree finally get to old?

Answer from NGA
September 9, 2009


While all trees will eventually die of old age, I know of several lemon trees that are close to 100 years old so I think your tree will continue to produce lemons for many years to come. If the skin on the fruit is blotchy, it could indicate a scab disease. I can't really diagnose the problem without seeing it so it would be to your advantage to take a few of the affected fruit to your local cooperative extension office for positive diagnosis and control options. The closest extension office I can find is: University of California extension, 4800 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles - (323) 260-2267.

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