Chinese Grapefruit Tree

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World's Largest Citrus Fruit - Chinese Grapefruit Tree!

  • Sweet Grapefruit Flavor
  • Pear-Shaped Fruit
  • Largest Citrus for Home Gardens
  • Vibrant Green Foliage
  • Easy to Manage Size
  • Fragrant White Blossoms
  • Light Green, Thick Skin
  • Juicy & Slightly Tart
  • Fresh Eating, Candy, Marmalades & Cooking
  • Great in Containers!
  • Colder Zones Can Grow Indoors

Basketball-sized Grapefruit? That's a joke, right? With the Chinese Grapefruit Tree (Citrus maxima) - It's not a joke at all! The Chinese Grapefruit is the largest of all the edible Citrus fruits available!

Given free rein, the fruit can actually grow to be BIGGER than a basketball. However, these are typically picked earlier. Similar to the Pomelo (sometimes referred to as a Pummelo), they are far larger than any Grapefruit you can find at the store.

Chinese Grapefruits are also sweeter than the typical grocery store fare! They have a sweet opening taste with a nice tartness to finish off. Use them to eat fresh, cook with, make into candy,  create delectable preserves, or press for juice.

They have a very thick, vibrant green rind that keeps the lightly pinkish-peach flesh well protected. Despite the thick skin, once you taste it, you'll be convinced the effort was worth it when you reach the 'prize' in the middle!

These sweet-tart jewels have been cultivated for centuries in Southeast Asia and are increasingly found in the Citrus growing regions of the US. Now available in a convenient home orchard-sized tree.

How to Use Chinese Grapefruit Tree In The Landscape

Be thrilled by the ornamental appeal of these modest-sized trees! The fragrant white blooms are as attractive to you as they are to local pollinators!

Passersby will crane their necks when the enormous fruit dangles from the strong limbs! Gorgeous trees on their own, once these fruit start forming, your tree will look incredible as a specimen and focal point planting!

Youll definitely receive accolades once you share your crop with friends and family! Your tree is vigorous and productive, so youll have plenty to go around!

Balcony and container gardeners can enjoy this fantastic variety of Citrus too! Perfect as a small accent tree or highlight these in a large planter by your front entry. Youll enjoy the stylish look of a row of potted Grapefruit and other Citrus trees in formal rows along a walkway, pool or patio!

Northern gardeners will not miss out either - simply move your tree into a full sun window or enclosed patio for the winter.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees need full sun for the best fruit, theres no way around it. Add a grow light for indoor and porch trees if your sunlight is lacking.

Plant in enriched, loose soil, that is very well-drained, on the acidic side. Fertilize 3 - 4 times a year with an acid-loving or Citrus Tree fertilizer

Go light on the water, since Citrus prefers to dry out a bit between waterings and despise soggy roots. Hardy in zones 9-11 if protected from frost, and can be grown in a container in all zones if moved indoors when temperatures will dip below 40 degrees.

Although Citrus can grow year-round in warmer regions (zones 9 and 10), they can also thrive in colder areas (zones 4 to 7) as long as the tree is brought indoors before the first frost of winter.

In zone 8, you can cover your tree in the event of a cold snap or unexpected overnight freeze. Citrus needs to be planted in a sheltered spot to avoid the worst of the chill, and ensure you do not plant them in a low area that collects cold air. If a spot like that is unavailable, or you are in a chill-prone climate, then you are safer planting Citrus Trees in a large, deep container with wheels to easily move them to a protected location or indoors when needed.

In cold growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors in the fall, or into a protected location, eventually moving your tree inside. Indoor plants need a bright indirect sun window, greenhouse, sunroom, or enclosed patio for the winter. In spring, reverse this process and begin acclimating your tree to again be back out in the full sun all summer. This reduces stress and leaf drop.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture
  • Fertile Well-Drained Soil
  • Prefers Acidic Environments
  • Easy to Grow Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Citrus Pruning Best After Fruiting ships only strongly rooted and well-branched young trees. They'll come to you in top-notch condition and are ready to be planted in your garden or favorite container! Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chinese Grapefruit Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones Outdoors 9-11; Patio 4-11
Growing Zones Outdoors 9-11; Patio 4-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus maxima
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Size Semi Dwarf
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes