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Best-Selling Pink Grapefruit

If you can only grow one citrus tree, Rio Red should be it! This huge, heat loving grapefruit has an amazing sweet taste that is almost addicting. Eat it fresh for breakfast or as a dessert. Bake it in a tart. Toss it in a salad. Stir it in a sangria. Squeeze it for juice - you won't even need to add sugar. Rio Red is the gold standard in pink grapefruit.

The pretty trees are easy to care for and attractive in the landscape. It is naturally dwarf, so it will fit into even the smallest garden. It is a strong grower and the healthy three-year-old trees Nature Hills ships are garden ready.

The leaves are green year-round. The fruit turns from green to yellow and gets a sweet pink blush when the fruit ripens.

Rio Red should be in every garden in places that are citrus friendly. In cold winter areas, grow this sweet dwarf in pots. Put a few around your patio and bring them in to a sunny room in the winter.

You will have so much fruit you'll have a kitchen full and still be sharing it with family and friends. Order your today!

  • Exceptionally sweet fruit
  • Heavy yield
  • Naturally dwarf

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

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Worldwide Red Grapefruit Favorite

The red Grapefruits of Texas are big, just like everything else in Texas. The marketplace is big, too, red Grapefruits are the leading citrus crop grown in Texas. In fact, in 1993 Texas named the red Grapefruit as its official state fruit. Reds are climate proven in Texas, and the Rio Red is the best of the best.

John H. Shary is known as the 'Father of the Texas Citrus Industry'. Upon his arrival in Texas from Omaha, Nebraska, he was inspired by how well the white and pink varieties of Grapefruit grew in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Shary felt that there was a future in farming this special fruit, and in 1914 he cleared 16,000 acres and began planting white Grapefruit.

In 1920, Grapefruits began shipping commercially and around 1929, the productive orchards of the Rio Grande began to produce red sports on limbs of white and pink varieties.

The red blush on these odd outcroppings were noticeable. Upon cutting the fruit open, it was discovered that the interior flesh was red. Darker red selections were discovered until finally it was decided to market these unique fruits under one name. Hence, the Ruby Grapefruit brand was born.

Record winter freezes in 1949, 1951 and 1962 killed back most of the older white and pink selections. Red selections proved to be a bit more winter hardy, but not enough to avoid major damage in these recurring freezes.

The research to breed a hardier red variety took on a higher priority after the 1962 freeze. Dr. Richard A. Hensz of the Texas A&I Citrus Center, now part of Texas A&M, began working with the Brookhaven National Laboratories to stimulate the development of sports, a process done more randomly in nature.

In 1965, Dr. Hensz introduced the Star Ruby, which was of fine quality and fairly hardy. However, unfortunately it sets irregularly so the Star was not widely planted in commercial orchards.

Then in 1976, Dr. Hensz discovered the Rio Red limb sport growing on a tree produced from Ruby Red seed. It was released to commercial growers in 1984.

Rio Red has all the qualities that the growers are looking for, which include superior hardiness, great flavor with high sugar and deep red flesh. Rio Red Grapefruit also grows well on alkaline soils, a problem so common for Florida and Texas growers. Over time, the Rio Red Grapefruit has become the preferred red Grapefruit throughout the world in both the commercial and the home garden markets.

A fast grower, the Rio Red begins production almost immediately and should be pruned to keep it below 10 feet. Once established in suitable climate conditions the Rio Red can be picked almost year-round, often holding two crops on the tree at one time.


Rio Red Grapefruit Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
Growing Zones 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
More Information
Botanical Name Citrus x 'Rio Red'
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green

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