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 9-11. 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.
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.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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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.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x limon Burm.f.'Variegated Pink|
|Mature Height||15 - 18 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 5 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Evenly moist to establish|
|Flower Color||White, Pink|
|Foliage Color||Green White Variegated|
|Fruiting Time||Late Spring|