After several years of low availability, citrus trees became more attainable around 2009. At that time I bought a lemon and an orange tree, both of which were about the same size… both were very small. The lemon was grafted from a fruit-bearing tree but had not produced any fruit during the first season in the ground (not surprisingly). However, it has grown incredibly quickly, easily doubling in size since initial planting; in contrast, the orange tree has shown virtually no growth. The lemon tree is very pretty and very fragrant; the leaves themselves have a refreshing lemon smell. The one downside is the sharp thorns that protrude from the trunk and branches; in retrospect, I probably would have purchased a tree without the thorns. With young kids I have considered relocating to a more remote area of the yard; in the meantime I have been cutting the thorns off. I want to wait until after this coming fruit season in the hopes of it bearing fruit.
|Look at those nasty thorns!|