New Leaves Redish. Hmmmmmm ID?

Suzi AKA DesertDanceMarch 18, 2014

We have no idea what kind of lemon this is. It had been neglected for many years, and it's a rescue tree. Rescue is still in process.

After receiving water and fertilizer, it bore about 6 lemons. They are medium size and not yet ripe, but the tree is covered in blossoms.

None of my trees, and we have several citrus. None have reddish new growth. What kind of lemon puts out new growth that is reddish?


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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Most likely a lemon of some variety, Suzi. Eureka and Lisbon lemons both will sport reddish new growth. So do Italian lemons (Santa Teresa Femminello). Hallmark sign of a lemon tree - pink/reddish new growth. Not so much with the Improved Meyer lemon. Most commonly grown lemon in your area would be the Eureka. If the tree is really REALLY thorny, more likely a Lisbon. If the lemons are really really large, Santa Teresa, but that would be a long shot for you, based on the age of the tree. My bet is on the Eureka.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 3:08PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

I bet you are right, Patty! It's probably Eureka.

I can't imagine an Italian lemon being here. I do think I have a Lisbon in another area of the property. Very thorny! I just ran out and looked, and all the new growth is bright green. Maybe the "Lisbon" is a very productive seedling. When we uncovered it from a huge vine causing it to survive in dense shad last summer, it blossomed and produced tiny, seedy lemons. It is now blossoming at the correct time, and the lemons should be larger and ripe later in the year or early next.

I'm glad the red growth is normal!



    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 3:27PM
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My Ponderosa lemons have the red new growth. Something about the trunk or main stem looks a little different though.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 3:57PM
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