Plant ID forum: "lemon tree"

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Summerville SC
billyjohnson
Jun 20, 2017 4:38 PM CST
sold to my mother in law at least 15 years ago as a lemon tree. 0 lemons and 1 flower ever. thousands of needle like thorns. crazy leaf patterns. mutated looking branches... please help us identify this guy.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 20, 2017 4:59 PM CST
Welcome!

You aren't going to like the answer. Sighing!

What you have is the root stock of what once was a lemon tree. Now its Poncirus Trifoliata (Trifoliate Orange).
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Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Jun 20, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Funny story... I bought a dwarf lemon tree and I brought it home and put it in a nice sunny area in my room. The next morning I wake up and EVERY SINGLE LEAF is on the floor. I have learned that lemon trees are divas (since then it has regrown about 1/2 of its leaves...). Crazy!
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ctcarol
Jun 20, 2017 7:36 PM CST
All citrus trees will be divas when grown out of their natural environment. Even IN their natural environment , they require lots of TLC.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Definitely a Citrus tree but I'd have no idea which. Here's a link to our database for the one Daisy mentioned: Hardy Orange (Citrus trifoliata)

Poncirus trifoliata is a synonym
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