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Lemon Zest

Lemon Zest

SKU: 000155

IMPORTANT READ BEFORE Make your Grafting Request Order

Deadline for Fall 2023 Orders is May 01st/2023.

Orders will be grafted this Spring, and should be ready in the Fall/2023.

A grafting request is an order for us to produce the specific tree that we don't currently have available in stock. We must graft the tree and then it must go through a multi-month process to heal and grow. Only Once the small tree has completed two flushes of growth since it was grafted do we consider it ready to leave our nursery.

Lemon Zest was a seedling of Po Pyu Kalay /"Lemon Meringue" from the breeding program of Gary Zill in Boynton Beach, FL (planting # 27-1).


The fruit somewhat resembles Lemon Meringue, a solid yellow color but is much larger and more oval-oblong with a small nak at the bottom. The flesh is yellow and fiber-free. They are unbelievably richly sweet with candied orange and tangelo citrus flavors dominating, enough to overwhelm the palate for many. The seed is large and polyembryonic.


Lemon Zest fruits later than Lemon Meringue, more of a July-August season. The trees start out slow but become very vigorous growers with vertical, dense canopy.


They are moderately prone to anthracnose at the floral and small fruit stage, and *highly* prone to powdery mildew. They also tend to bloom erratically, sometimes flushing growth in winter season, and these factors combined with losses to bacterial black spot conspire to limit production over the long run in our area of Florida.


Lemon Zest is highly prone to bacterial black spot disease . Given all these unfortunate factors, we do not recommend the planting of Lemon Zest in south Florida and have begun the process of topworking our trees to other cultivars. We feel it may be a very good choice for growers in southern California however, where its only major disease issue is powdery mildew and the trees grow at an acceptable rate.


Flavor: Citrus

Country: Florida-USA

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