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What kind of citrus tree is this?

Posted by a.shau 8b (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 24, 13 at 20:49

The fruit looks like limes but they're not limes. There are also really long spiny thorns along the branches (about 1-1.5 inches), and the leaves have a wonderful fragrant smell. The flowers are white, plump and also fragrant.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Sooo much information you have not given us; but first glance would be Bearss lime... what does the inside look like?
Looks like a serious spider mite problem..


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

OK. Here's a picture of the flower, and in the next post I will show what the inside of the fruit looks like.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Here is the fruit cut open. I'm not sure what other details to give; the tree is really tall, like over 10 feet tall I think. It was planted before I got here in the backyard of our rental property so I don't know any other details.

We are in San Francisco, so the climate gets foggy and cool during the summer, but during the non summer months on nice days the spot gets a ton of sun, and we really don't get a lot of rain except for during the winter months.

I will show a picture of the thorns in the next picture.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Finally, here are the thorns. Let me know what other details I can supply and I will do my best. Thanks all!


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Looks like a lemon; maybe a Eureka. I think it is far from ripe; probably will get ripe.. and yellow, around late November. Leave them be; and they will get larger; and the skin will get thinner; and if you post a photo when they get yellow, with the fruit cut in the opposite way (equator of the fruit), someone here will probably be able to tell you for sure what it is.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Looks like citrumelo to me (which for us here in Californai is Swingle rootstock, a commonly used standard-sized rootstock many citrus are grafted to here in California). Doubtful you have anything edible. Not a lemon, not Eureka lemon for sure. Can you see if your tree has a graft line on the trunk, or does it look like perhaps this tree's grafted cultivar has long since died, and we're just dealing with the rootstock taking over.

Patty S.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Looks like citrumelo to me (which for us here in Californai is Swingle rootstock, a commonly used standard-sized rootstock many citrus are grafted to here in California). Doubtful you have anything edible. Not a lemon, not Eureka lemon for sure. Can you see if your tree has a graft line on the trunk, or does it look like perhaps this tree's grafted cultivar has long since died, and we're just dealing with the rootstock taking over.

Patty S.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Patty is undoubtedly correct; I had not even considered that it was a rootstock.
Always best to take advice from local experts.


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Awesome - thank you guys! I will go and look for the graft line. And thanks for the tip on cutting it the more correct way in terms of helping to identify!


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RE: What kind of citrus tree is this?

Awesome - thank you guys! I will go and look for the graft line. And thanks for the tip on cutting it the more correct way in terms of helping to identify!


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