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Unique Foliage & Fragrant Blossoms

The Variegated Pink Lemon has distinctive green and yellow variegated foliage. The fruit is striped with bright pink flesh. These lemons have clear juice and acidic lemon flavor. It displays fuchsia-colored new growth and flower buds.

Variegated Pink is an excellent landscape tree, prized more for interesting variegated foliage than for fruit quality and quantity.

If given proper care, sun, fertilizer and well-draining soil, you should have a wonderful citrus tree that is simply beautiful. With its gorgeous variegated leaves and very fragrant white blossoms, this is the ultimate ornamental edible.

This plant is hardy in zones 9-10. If you live below zone 9, you can plant it in a container and bring it indoors for the winter.

These trees are well established with some of the largest root systems available. We take pride in delivering you the highest quality citrus trees with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage. 

If you live in a colder climate, simply plant them in a container. Bring your tree indoors near a sunny window, and let the intoxicating citrus scent brighten your home during cold winter days.

* Pink Striped Fruit
* Varigated Foliage
* Dark Pink Flower Buds
* Grow Indoors & Out 


Healthy, Edible and Ornamental Variegated Pink Lemon

Variegated Pink Lemon (Citrus x limon) is a bud sport of a regular Eureka lemon that was discovered in a tree in the backyard of D.W. Field in Burbank California in the late 1920's. With its variegated dark green leaves with creamy white edges, this sport must have stood out against the total dark green leaves of its parents, the Eureka Lemon.

Pay attention to seedlings that sprout in your backyard. They are rare, but it's not uncommon to see variegated foliage. Oftentimes, this genetic trait isn't stable, which means it's only visible on young trees. Variegation frequently disappears as these seedlings mature into older trees.

Other qualities came to light as D.W. Field monitored his unique backyard find. For instance, the fruit that the sport produced was also variegated with cream yellow and green stripes and the tasty, pink flesh of the fruit was most intriguing.

D.W. Fields then brought budwood to U.C. Riverside in 1931 where it underwent trials by the noted plant physiologist, A.C. Shamel, who at that time was focused on improving citrus fruit for the commercial and home gardeners. The unique qualities of the Variegated Pink Lemon were obvious to Dr. Shamel.

He noted that the tree is less vigorous than a typical Eureka Lemon tree, and the stripes on the skin of the fruit would fade as it matured, but the pink colored flesh remained. He also noted was that the fruit had very few seeds and hung on the tree almost year-round.

Variegated Pink Lemon has been marketed under a number of names through the years, including the Pink lemonade, Panache Lemon, Variegated Eureka Lemon and Zebra Lemon. The fruit is a great source of the standard citrus nutrients: Vitamin C, Calcium and Lycopene which contributes to the pink colored flesh.

It is only the flesh that is pink, however. The juice is nearly colorless.

The Variegated Pink Lemon has become a popular selection for citrus growers around the world. It is recognized as a valuable citrus fruit that is popular with farmers market growers. It's also a wonderful focal point in the home garden as a beautiful edible ornamental.


Variegated Pink Lemon Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11
Growing Zones 9-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Citrus x limon Burm.f.'Variegated Pink
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Mature Height 15 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Soil Type Well-Drained
Moisture Evenly moist to establish, well drained soils then on the drier side after establishment
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White, Pink
Foliage Color Green White Variegated
Fruiting Time Late Spring, Summer