Hands down, the Meyer lemon is my favorite fruit. Ne’er has there been a fruit more versatile in its use, nor more darn cheery to look at. It’s sunshine on a branch! And its blooms? So pleasantly aromatic, you may faint. But you’ll be smiling all the way down.
Native to China, the Meyer lemon is thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, hence its round shape, deep-yellow color and sweeter juice. Too cold sensitive to be planted permanently in our (zone 8a) gardens, their dwarf growth habit means they’re perfectly suited for growing in outdoor containers, most months of the year.
You don’t have one yet? What are you waiting for?! You can find dwarf Meyer lemon trees, in bloom now, at most generalized nurseries and garden centers. They are self-pollinators, so you only need one for the