Lemon Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Lucedale, Mi
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Question by dfrizzell
March 12, 2010
I live in Lucedale, MS which is either zone 8A or 8B depending upon where you look. (Some charts don't break out between A & B). Is there a lemon tree that will grow and produce fruit in my area?

Thank you,

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2010
Citrus trees probably won't tolerant a really cold winter in zone 8 so if you have your heart set on growing a citrus tree, why not choose a dwarf tree that you can keep in a container so you can move it indoors in the fall and back outdoors in the spring? Meyer Lemon is a great plant for container growing and thrives indoors; Lisbon or Ponderosa dwarf also do well in containers. If you want to take a chance and try growing a citrus tree outdoors, orange trees are hardy to about 28F, mandarins to 26F, limes and grapefruit to about 30F and satsumas to about 24F. If you choose a dwarf or semi-dwarf tree it will be easier to provide winter protection by draping with an insulating blanket. Standard sized trees will be almost impossible to cover! Good luck with your citrus tree!

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